Non-stick cooking sprays & canned soups among worst with misleading food labels

Non-stick cooking sprays & canned soups among worst with misleading food labels

Food labels can be deceiving, and the worst offenders may surprise you, according to a non-profit health advocacy group pushing the Food and Drug Administration to define more realistic service sizes.

The most deceiving labels are found on canned soup, ice cream, coffee creamer and aerosol non-stick cooking sprays, which tend to state serving sizes on the labels that are much lower than people actually eat, according to The Center for Science in the Public Interest.

The calorie-free, fat-free serving size on PAM non-stick cook spray is a 1/4 second spray, according to the company's website.  I'm afraid it takes a little longer than that to cover the bottom of my frying pan.

According to CSPI, a six-second spray on non-stick cooking spray would have 50 calories and six grams of fat. (Compare that to a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil, which is 40 calories and about 4.7 grams of fat.)  

How much of a can of soup do you eat? CSPI says it  commissioned a national telephone survey and found 64 percent of consumers would eat a whole can of Campbell’s Chunky Classic Chicken Noodle soup, but the serving size on the label is half a can. Eating the whole can would boost the sodium level from 790 per half-can serving to 1,840, more than one day’s worth for most adults, the organization says.

Ice cream makes the list for its half-cup serving size. (That’s a leveled-off, four-ounce measuring cup, not heaping.) People eating more than a half-cup are getting a lot more saturated fat than they realize.

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