Here is another story about misleading nutrition information.
My friend is getting sick. I recommended she incorporate mega-doses of Vitamin C into her diet, among other things. She asked me if eating three packages of Welch’s Fruit Snacks counted as mega-dosing. They each provide 100% of your % Daily Value (based on 2000 calorie diet, or that designed roughly for a 175 pound man). I had to look up the nutrition facts for myself. I found something particularly interesting.
Both the .9 ounce and the 2.25 ounce packages provide 100% of your daily Vitamin C value. How is that? The larger package contains more calories, more sodium, more sugar – but not more of any of the vitamins and minerals? This leads me to believe a couple of things.
- One of the two packages is labeled incorrectly.
- Both of the packages are labeled incorrectly.
- Before sealing the individual packages, they somehow infuse into the package a Vitamin C agent – the same quantity of agent regardless of the package size. If this agent is to be absorbed into the gummy treats, I wonder then how much remains on the inner linings of the package.
Reading nutrition facts
The FDA explains how to read a nutrition label. Just to make sure I wasn’t mistaken, I reread this information. I suggest that you read it too.
Me, doing math again
The serving sizes differ for the two package sizes. The larger package offers a larger serving size and 2 servings. No matter how I try to do the math, it does not add up.
The %DV is based on the 2000 calorie diet. 4% or less is considered low, while 25% or more is considered high. If you track your vitamin and mineral intake, you would want to combine the amounts you consume on a daily basis to equal or surpass 100%. I get that.
What I do not get is how both 40g and 26g have 100% of my calcium. If 26g have 100%, shouldn’t the 40g have more than that? And if the 40g have 100%, shouldn’t 26g have less than that?
It does not make sense; therefore, you should not eat fruit snacks.