100 Calories

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Are those 100-calorie snack packs really worth it? According to Treehugger.com, they’re not.

Extra packaging and smaller bags factor into the price hike, but you might as well buy a regular bag and divvy it up into smaller portions.

The extra convenience—and unnecessarily wasteful packaging—costs extra money, says a new study from the Center for Science in Public Interest. ABC News notes that if you buy a large bag of the regular Chex Mix snack and divvy up portions equal to 100 calories each, you’d only be out 25 cents per portion, compared with 87 cents if you went with a 100-calorie pack. Each 100-calorie portion of Keebler Chips Deluxe Family Size Cookies cost 16 cents, but a prepackaged snack would cost you 40 cents extra. (from Treehugger.com)

And ABC News suggests that even though they only contain 100 calories, too much of a good thing can be bad.

For example, by splurging and eating two 100-calorie packs of Hostess Mini Cupcakes, suddenly a person has consumed more calories than if he or she had eaten one large Hostess cupcake.

And Jacobson said people should realize the types of foods that are in the snack packs.

“I think it’s important to note that none of these foods are really health foods. We’re talking cookies and crackers — foods that we really shouldn’t be eating much of anyhow,” Jacobson said. (from ABC News)

These 100-calorie packs are so popular that everyone is making reduced calorie packs now, even Coke.

And according to USA Today…

The category didn’t exist four years ago. But 29 such 100-calorie pre-packaged products were introduced over the past three years — 18 last year. (from USA Today)

Check out this chart that shows how the percent change from a year ago has lifted the “treats” category by 14 BILLION dollars.

So you pretty much have 2 choices…either spend the extra money for already portioned snack, or portion it out yourself. Just don’t go gorging on the 100 calorie packs because they sound healthier. Cause they’re probably not.

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10 comments so far

  1. bueller on

    so they take regular food and sell it in smaller portions in the hopes that people will think its healthier cause its less calories? so stupid, dont get me started.

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  2. Richmond on

    What’s wrong with calorie anyway? It ia not the calorie or the fat that is making a person grows up to a sumo wrestler it is the person’s lifestyle.

  3. Richmond on

    Anything taken in excess added with couch potato lifestyle is bad.

  4. Richmond on

    I drink less than 500 cc of coke a day.

  5. Pam on

    The 100-calorie packaging can be a good thing for someone who can’t take a regular-sized package and divide it into the correct number of portions, and it can be a tool for people who overeat to gauge their eating. I use them occasionally in my mostly healthy diet as something I can just grab while knowing exactly how it can fit in with everything else I eat. So yes, it can be worth the extra cost to be able to get a better grip on your habits.

  6. Chris on

    The excess packaging argument is a good one. Otherwise, smaller portion sizes are one of the key elements in managing a diet (whether its a “diet” or simply the diet one eats day to day). For many people, the 100 calorie packs or a Lean Cuisine or some other portion controlled option is a very good one. As with everything, if you eat 2 or 3 or 8 of them, you lose any benefit. But, for those that figure out they can eat one package of wheat thins at 100 calories instead of a third of a box….or drink 8oz of Coke instead of a 20oz bottle…that’s a good thing.

    Oh, and Coke, oddly enough, was making “100 calorie packs” for quite a while (the 8oz can, that is); they just weren’t marking the 100 calorie angle until sometime in the last couple of year. 8oz of most of the non-diet sodas on the market comes in at about 100 calories.

  7. mszig on

    I’ve bought the 100-calorie packs before and end up eating more than one pack. It defeats the purpose. Trying to lose weight is insane. Brilliant marketing though.

  8. figswithbri on

    The excess packaging is such a waste. Wasted materials, money and calories. Just exercise a little discipline and eat a serving of whatever it is. Or better yet, eat something with actual nutritional benefit that tastes good as well like veggie sticks and hummus or good cheese with whole grain bread. Yes portions are part of it, but what’s actually in those portions is a much bigger thing. Thanks for posting this article and submitting it to Tastespotting. Food for thought, so to speak.

  9. irvsing54 on

    People don’t understand that the fact of the matter is; It’s not just watching the calorie intake that causes diets to fail, though it’s important. It’s the chemical substances that the food and drinks contains. High Fructose corn syrup is one of the main problems. It is a cheat method of adding flavor (cheat form of sweetening) which make it more pilatible to the tongue. People have been eating and drinking for so long ,they have actually been adoctrinated to thinking just watching their calories is all they need to do…when infact; what you really need to do is read the label. You will find High Fructose corn syrub is in whole wheat Bread, Juices, mostly all soft drinks,Cokes, Pepsi,ices teas, etc. Leave the H.F.C.S. alone for 3 weeks and drink plenty of water, move a little more than usual (take long walks once a day) and you will trim down anywhere from 5 to 10 lbs. easily. But don’t take my word for it……Try it. What do you have to lose ? But a few pounds. Kind Regards, Irvin http://www.workingyourdreams.org

  10. sal on

    love them. i stocked my desk up at work with them. use to keep a bag of pretzels in there but the nabisco 100 calories packs are so much more yummy. ive lost 5 and 1/2 pounds in 9 days.


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