Sandpanther (sandpanther) wrote,
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Perspective

I was in the supermarket today. Hanging out in the ice cream novelties section, and spotted a box of Atkins No Carb Peanut Butter Fudge bars. On a whim, I decided to take a look at the nutrional content on the stuff. Um, wow. It had something like 12 grams of saturated fat. It contains about 67% of the USRDA of saturated fat.

Shocked at the amount, I grabbed a gallon of regular ice cream. Only 22%. I tried to find ice cream with higher fat, but failed. Roomie had the brilliant thought of grabbing some Ben & Jerry's. No dice. Inspired, I grabbed a container of Godiva Double Fudge Chocolate Hearts. Ah-ha! 73%! Finally we find something that has more saturated fat.

Then roomie spotted something important: the serving size. It turns out that the Atkins bar was only half the serving size. Which means that for the same volume, the Godiva has a little over half the fat of the Atkins. Hm.

Curious, I decided to compare the Atkins bar to butter. Surely butter must have more saturated fat!

Well, it turns out that butter does, in fact, have more saturated fat than the Atkins bar. The Atkins has half the fat of butter. Still, it really disturbs me that stuff like this is being pushed as a "diet" food, and as something that is recommended for diabetics. *shudder*
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