Foodie Friday

October 11, 2013 at 11:42 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

This is another Foodie Friday post that doesn’t exactly detail a recipe.  Instead, I’m going to rant about delicious looking snacks and how they’re out to kill you.  Or in other words, why it’s always important to read the fine print.

I was volunteering at the food pantry recently and I came across a box of four peanut butter and chocolate brownies, which were donated from one of our local grocery stores.  They looked incredibly tasty and since that flavor combination is one of my favorites, I decided to check out the health information to see what kind of damage they would do.  I saw 160 calories per serving and that seemed reasonable for such a delectable looking morsel.  Then I noticed the serving size.

68 servings per container??!  Are you freaking kidding me?!  I’ve never been a math whiz but if my calculations are correct, that means there are 2,720 calories and 119 grams of fat in ONE brownie.  That’s more calories than we’re supposed to eat in an entire DAY.  And if you wanted to smother your sweet tooth by eating them all you’d be gorging on 10,880 calories and 476 grams of fat in a sitting.  Unless you decide to cut the whole box into 68 pieces and serve them on toothpicks, which is what you would need to do if you wanted to stick with serving size suggestions.

Now, I’m not claiming to be the healthiest person in the world and I’ve definitely been known to indulge in food and desserts in my day.  In fact, I’m looking forward to a bunch of pizza tonight.  I don’t typically count my calories and I definitely don’t obsess.  But this just seems indicative of why we have obese three-year olds and it makes me angry that it’s labeled in such a way as to be deceiving.  The container already held four pre-cut brownies so if they were really being honest, there would be 68 pieces in that box.

Disgusting.  Deliciously disgusting.

And so wrong.

And so wrong.

So good.

So good.

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