Imagine you sign a lease to rent an apartment, and as you’re
moving in, you discover your rent money only covers the living room and the
closet. To actually use the kitchen, the bedroom, and the bath, you’ll have to
pay two or three times what you’d agreed to.
You’d be pretty ticked off, huh?
Well, something like that is happening right now in America’s restaurants and
supermarkets, but instead of costing you money, these rip-offs are costing you
your health and your waistline.
See, food manufacturers know that you want to eat healthy, so they’re doing
everything they can to make their bad-for-you foods look good for you. And their number-one trick is to play with serving size: listing foods as lower in calories
than they really are by claiming they serve more people than they really do. In other words, you’ll buy a food, and then discover that if you want to
eat everything you bought, you have to pay two, three, even four times the
amount of calories you thought you were bargaining for.
Take a look below at
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#9 Serving Size Rip-Off: SoBe Energize, Citrus Energy
Listed calories: 110 Servings per bottle: 2.5 Total calories: 275
Sure, this bottle will give
you energy—it's called a sugar buzz. One SoBe Energize contains 67.5 grams of sweet
stuff, or the equivalent of about 25 Hershey's Kisses. That buzz will last
about half an hour, and in the process, flood your body with sugar and insulin,
setting into motion a metabolic reaction that will plump up the fat cells
around your tummy. Truth is, individual-sized drink bottles are notorious for
listing multiple servings on what everybody assumes to be a one-person drink.
But have you ever grabbed a bottle from a vending machine and split it with a
buddy? Or saved half for another day? Of course not.
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