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"I do not think that word means what you think it means"

February 11th, 2009 No comments

When I see headlines like these:

Up Next for Bankers: A Flogging

Bank CEOs flogged in Washington

Instead of pictures like this:

or this:

I really, really want to see pictures like this:

More on “Dehydrated Cane Juice”

October 1st, 2002 No comments

The really sad thing is that the package comes with a bold blue stripe across the top left front of the package exhorting everyone to “HEY! Read my label!”. So I did.

It’s not as if it’s got as much “dehydrated cane juice” as Cap’n Crunch. I did a quick comparison. The Hain caramel popped corn cakes have a 15 gram serving size, containing 4 grams of sugars (at least the FDA keeps them nonest within the “Nutrition Facts” box!). I compared this to the boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios on the kitchen table. Both of these have serving sizes of 30 grams; Cheerios contains 1 gram of sugars, Honey Nut Cheerios contains 11 grams.

So, the Hain caramel corn has 8 times as much sugar as plain Cheerios. On the other hand, it’s only got 73% of the sugar of Honey Nut Cheerios. Nothing that should have to be hidden behind a misleading label.

Hain isn’t the only offender, sadly. Try a Google search for “dehydrated cane juice” yourself.

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