These Nutrition Labels Are No Joke!

OK, so I did decide to play a bit of an April Fools’ joke on you last night by giving you the link to my hoax article for Her Active Life.

But — I swear! — the information I am giving to you today really is true, and boy is it interesting!

I was reading through Eat This, Not That (How many times do you think I start a sentence like that?) when I came across the authors’ list of the 20 Worst Foods in America.

I somehow missed this list the other 18 hundred times that I flipped through the book, but today I am a-gonna share it with you (say that with an Italian accent — it’s fun)!

Now, I am not going to give you the entire list — you will have to get your hands on a copy of the book for that — but I do want to tell you about the ones that I found most surprising (disgusting?). Here they are:

  • chickenselects.jpg Chicken Selects’ Premium Breast Strips from McDonald’s (5 pieces) with creamy ranch sauce830 calories, 55 grams of fat (4.5 g trans fat) and 48 grams of carbs “The only thing ‘premium about these strips is the caloric price you pay,” says the authors. “Add a large fries and regular soda and this seemingly innocuous chicken meal tops out at 1,710 calories.”

Change Your Chicken “20 McNuggets have the same impact. Instead, choose Mickey D’s six-piece offering with BBQ sauce and save yourself 530 calories.”

  • Jamba Juice Chocolate Moo’d Power Smoothie (30 fl oz.) 900 calories, 10 grams of fat, 183 grams of carbs and 166 grams of sugar “Jamba Juice calls it a smoothie; we call it a milkshake. In fact this beverage contains as much sugar as 2 pints of Benjambajuice2.jpg and Jerry’s Butter Pecan Ice cream.

Turn Down the Power “More than half of this chain’s ‘power smoothies’ contain in excess of 100 grams of sugar. Stick to Jamba’s lower-calorie ‘All Fruit’ smoothies, which are the only smoothies that contain no added sugar. And always opt for the 16-ounce ‘small.'”

  • Starbucks Venti Strawberries and Crème Frappucino Blended Crème750 calories and 120 grams of sugar “Has more sugar than three cans of soda.”

Say The Magic Word “Order any blended drink ‘light’ to cut the sugar in half.”

  • Burger King Triple Whopper with Cheese, Fries, and a Coke, King-Size 2,200 calories 115 grams of fburgerking.jpgat (11 grams of trans fat), 225 grams of carbs and 117 grams of sugar and 2,590 mg of sodium “Contains more carbs than 10 bread slices”

Create Your Own Combo “The Angus Steak Burger , garden side salad and your choice of diet drink can fill you up for a justifiable 660 calories.”

Maybe I am an exception, but I always find it so astounding to see calorie (fat, carbohydrate, sugar) counts like this! What do you think? What are some healthy choices that you make when you go to food and beverage joints?



Filed under April 2008, Eat

4 responses to “These Nutrition Labels Are No Joke!

  1. “Starbucks Venti Strawberries and Crème Frappucino Blended Crème — 750 calories and 120 grams of sugar “Has more sugar than three cans of soda.””

    Reason #117 why I dropped down to once a week Starbucks!

  2. Amanda

    Nice april fools trick yesterday…you are quite the trickster;) This always disgusts me to see calorie and sugar counts like this. I think I usually make good choices…I pretty much always know what is good and bad. But, this is still surprising and gross!!!


  3. Caitlin – I know, seriously, right?! I just could not believe that one! I am sticking to regular coffee … !

  4. Cristina

    Most of Starbucks drinks can be ordered in a “light” format. Then, there’s the Skinny lattes that have sugar-free syrup plus nonfat milk. Plenty of options, you just have to know what to ask for.

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