Meat products, junk foods and dairy products often advertise that the product that they are distributing are products that are either “fat free” or with lesser fat content than the usual item sold to the public. This is a claim that could only be repudiated by thoroughly examining the product as well as knowing the proper way of computing for calories per food serving and calories per fat content mass of the food in question. An example of such computation is outlined below to prove that the computation of calories sourced from fat is erroneous in most packed food containing the “fat free” or “lesser fat claim”.
Based from the computations performed above, it appears that Food Manufacturing Companies have been getting away with misleading facts concerning their products. It could never be denied that these companies have found a way to give “healthier” food to the health conscious public. The minimal calories associated to the food they manufacture is indeed, a testament to their unwavering dedication in promoting a healthier lifestyle for their consumers.
However, it should also be pointed out that it is wrong to knowingly alter the Nutritional facts stated on the product label to deceive their consumers. Food Manufacturing Companies should refrain from putting false information to the product packaging caption with unsubstantiated claims concerning the product’s nutritional values. Instead, what they should do is to put in a claim that their product has lesser fat , lesser protein , lesser sodium or lesser cholesterol based calories than most of the projects being sold in the market. This would be more accurate and factual rather than making claims that their food product is 97%, 98%, 0r 96% fat free, especially when contains 18, 19 or 22.5% fat per serving. These
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manufacturers need to correct these misleading statements concerning their food product in order to be credible in the eyes of the public.
Calories in Cooked Corned Beef 97% Fat Free, Extra Lean, California Style. Retrieved May 22, 2010, from World wide web: http:// http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-dietz-watson-cooked-corned-beef-i89411
The 98% Fat Free Turkey. Retrieved May 22, 2010, from World wide web: http://www.fatsecret. com/.
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97% Fat Free Hebrew National Hotdogs and Products. Retrieved May 22, 2010, from World wide web: http:// www.hebrewnational.com/products/hot-dog-beef-franks.jsp
Fitness Truth Behind “Fat-Free” Labeled Foods by Phil Kaplan. Retrieved May 22, 2010, from World wide web: http:// www.philkaplan.com/thefitnesstruth/fat-free.htm