Reading this article about what (in my opinion) amounts to chiseling by the food industry made me think:
I remember getting angry a few years back when Dannon switched its yogurt containers from 8 oz to 6 oz without dropping the price. I wrote to them and they claimed that they were doing it because people “preferred” the six-ounce size, but for me as a calorie counter, carb counter and calcium watcher, it just threw everything off – and left me getting less calcium in my diet – while costing me more per ounce. I’ve been boycotting them ever since, but of course other manufacturers are up to the same tricks.
Have you noticed the incredible shrinking packaging in the stores? Are your tried and true family recipes thrown off by the cans of tuna shrinking from six ounces to five? Or cans of vegetables shrinking ounce by ounce?
Do you weigh and measure what you eat? Or do you depend on your memorized values from years of using the same food items? Have you ever had a hypo from injecting too much insulin due to a shrunken serving size?
Do you care that the good old standard “pound of coffee” ranges down to 13.5 ounces, or even 11 ounces these days!?!!
I’m trying to use only natural, bulk, unprocessed foods as much as possible (a kind of blending of the Paleo and Bernstein programs), but I was still fooled the other day when I bought what USED to be a pound bag of raw, shelled walnuts and discovered that the bag only contained 14 ounces.
What do you think of these “new improved” microwave bags for frozen vegetables that contain twelve ounces instead of sixteen – and cost more, not less?!? I can see cutting the size of high-calorie treats, but do we really need to have our family’s frozen broccoli or canned tomatoes rationed for us by the food industry?