They Lied!

Counting of Calories Isn’t Always Accurate” by Nicholas Bakalar, an article with a self-explanatory headline, discussed how frozen meals or food served at chain restaurants contain inaccurate calorie content. Inaccurate in this case means that sometimes the actual calories can be lower or perhaps higher than the stated averaged values. For example, a serving of grits at Denny’s listed at 80 calories, tasted at 258, or a slice of Domino’s crust pizza, listed at 180 calories, but tested at 141. Bakalar was able to present the coverage in a professional mannar. The topic itself was already interesting, but the writer brought it up with much detailed information. By quoting scientists, college professors, the FDA, and the NRA, makes the coverage seems very reliable in terms of the information it gives. To me, this wasn’t just a story about food, it was more like facts and scientific knowledge. Coincidentally, I stumbled across this article as I was deciding whether or not I should eat these frozen dumplings for dinner (very late dinner). Although, the article didn’t really change my mind about my dinner because I was very hungry at the time, but it did surprise me as a constant frozen meals consumer. We college students rarely have time to fix ourselves a decent meal everyday, thus we/I rely mostly on these frozen food. Personally I do count my everyday in-take calories, so it is a little disappointing for me as a consumer since I do (did) actually believe in those figures. However, regarding the disparity between the actual calories and the ones stated, the difference between the two isn’t big enough to be a concern that ought to change a consumer’s mind. I would still choose a hamburger that contains calories higher than what’s stated in its calorie content if I crave for it, and I’m sure many people would too. Unless you are an extreme weight watcher, then a little bit more calories wouldn’t do you much harm, that if you exercise!

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3 Responses to They Lied!

  1. Suzi Steffen says:

    So where’s the media analysis here, Kan? What’s the point of the story? How did the journalist address it? Think analytically about *how news gets made.*

  2. kanyapak says:

    ohh is it ok if i edit a little bit?

  3. Suzi Steffen says:

    Yes, edit away! 😉

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