An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Sun Jan 27, 2013 03:50 PM CST

Consider a hypothetical box of crackers. The nutrition label says it contains eight servings of 17 crackers each. It says, further, that a serving equals 140 calories. If you ate the whole box, how many calories would you be consuming?

Put aside the obvious question: Why would anyone eat the whole box? Think instead of something like potato chips or popcorn. No matter how many "servings" the manufacturer says they contain, some people devour the whole package.

Two Food and Drug Administration researchers surveyed 9,493 Americans (…), testing them on different labels. The researchers concluded Americans would be ...

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