Monday, October 26, 2009

Funny #2

Dragonfly's comment on the last post reminded me that, in addition to the carbon-free sugar, J. also brought home this product:
Yes, it appears to be canola oil in a can-- and yet it is "calorie free" and allows you to undertake "fat free cooking"? How can this be? We view the back of the label:
Here again, confirmed: there are 0 grams of fat in the product. We read further to the list of ingredients:
What the H? The main ingredient is confirmed to be canola oil, a substance known to science to have 5g of fat (and 40 calories) per teaspoon. In fact, it is known to science to be fat, all fat, and nothing but fat. So how can the contents of the can be fat-free, calorie free?

Evidently, and this makes smoke come out of my ears, if you define the "serving size" of your food product to be so small that the amount of fat delivered is "less than 0.5 grams of fat per reference amount and per labeled serving of a food", then you can call the product "fat free"-- even if it is, in fact, nearly 100% fat. And this is what we find on the canola spray: "serving size" is defined as "1/4 second spray", or "0.25 grams" (or 1/20th of a teaspoon, if you can image a quantity that small). In fact, the little 6-ounce can contains 557 servings! Yeah, sure it does. If you can make a stir-fry using this product every night for a year and half before it runs out-- well, I'll be very impressed.

3 Comments:

Blogger The MSILF said...

That's some awesome logic. It's like they're claiming it's spray on teflon.

10/26/09, 12:47 PM  
Blogger The Girl said...

Awesome. I'm going out to eat a hundred miniscule servings of fat-free cheesecake and drink a thousand teeny nips of alcohol-free wine.

10/26/09, 4:21 PM  
Blogger Dragonfly said...

Hehe. Also: I do love olive oil, but I am sure that the makers KNOW that people think that "extra light olive oil" means "less fat".
No matter how small their serving size....micelles are still smaller.

10/26/09, 9:08 PM  

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