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Nutritional information: portion sizes on food packs are often too small
Actually, a look at the nutritional value table of the food packaging should provide information about how much calories, fat, sugar, etc. are in the respective product. But if you orientate yourself on the portion size, you are often wrong. Because this is often given by the manufacturers too small, criticize consumer advocates.
Again and again, experts warn of tricks and deceptions about food. The University of Göttingen, for example, found in a large study that the nutritional information on the food packaging is mostly misleading. German consumer advocates now point out that the portion sizes in the nutritional information are often too small.
The packaging of food usually says how much fat, sugar or calories a serving contains. The information is apparently often embellished. In many cases, the portion size is given far too small, criticize consumer protection groups.
A survey of consumer centers nationwide has shown that manufacturers specify the portion sizes on cereal and chip packages far too small.
Christiane Manthey from the Baden-Württemberg Consumer Center explains in a message what consumers can look out for when shopping.
A small portion suggests less fat
"There is a big gap between the manufacturers' voluntary portion information and reality," explains Manthey. "In our opinion, many manufacturers count their products with the smaller portions" healthy "."
Because: Smaller portion sizes automatically result in smaller amounts of sugar or fat, for example, which consumers supposedly consume. It is not uncommon for manufacturers to advertise these values prominently on the front side of the packaging.
Serving twice as large
A nationwide consumer survey conducted a survey to determine that portions actually consumed often do not match the manufacturer's information. Consumers should fill the portion of muesli and chips that corresponds to their usual eating habits.
The average portion size for cereal was 81 grams, for chips it was 63 grams. The manufacturers had given only 40 grams for muesli and 30 grams for chips.
This meant that the actual portions were more than twice the size that the manufacturers recommended on the packaging. 1,490 consumers took part in the non-representative survey.
What consumers can look out for
“If you want to compare the nutritional values of different foods, you shouldn't use the portion sizes as a guide,” advises Manthey. The information required by law in relation to 100 grams or 100 milliliters of the food provides better comparability.
“Simply because of different eating habits, portion information for loosely packaged foods is completely pointless. Confusingly chosen portion sizes confuse instead of informing, “said the food expert.
Consumers are of the opinion that manufacturers should refrain from portion information for foods that cannot be clearly portioned, such as chips or muesli.
The information on the label can only be useful for packaging with specific portions such as a bar, a disc or a cup. (ad)