Serving Sizes Lies

Do you read the serving size information printed on the packages of food we buy? They have got to be kidding.

Here is an example. Frito Lay makes Tostitos tortilla chips; I really like those chips. Their popular 13 ounce package claims, in bold print on the back of the bag, to contain 13 servings. Each serving is said to be “about 6 chips” which deliver 140 calories. The entire bag contains 1820 calories.

The label goes on to remind us that “2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.”

Because I am careful about what I eat, I limit my personal Tostitos serving size to just less than half a bag – say 700 calories. After all, I have to save some calories for the cheese dip (120 calories) and a beer (180 calories) to wash the chips down.  I must save the remaining 1,000 calories for my three daily meals. There is some good news. The salt on my chips contains no calories (but can be a real problem for those who suffer hypertension).

Sometimes I feel alone with my problems. For example, might I be the only person who has to manage consumption of chips and dips?

About authorbillramsey

During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from and on all e-readers. See Follow Bill on Facebook at
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2 Responses to Serving Sizes Lies

  1. I totally agree, Bill. That’s why I don’t bother with the three meals on those days I plan to “snack” . . . Instead, I just have three snacks. 😇


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