I want to share a shocking factoid discovered while vacationing in the USA this week. This is one average consumer’s viewpoint …

Oatmeal is good for you, right? And, isn’t portion control touted as a key factor in both weight control and weight loss?

0003000001040_180X180In Canada nutrition facts listed on the manufacturers label are based on a serving size of 1/3 cup dry oats, and to prepare a bowl of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats you add  2/3 cup water. Simple math in this particular consumers world says that equals a portion size of 1 cup.

The same product in the USA lists a serving size of 1/2 cup and instructs consumers to prepare their oatmeal using 1 cup water … again, simple-math portions would equal 1.5 cups.

Assume you have oatmeal three times a week. That’s 1.5 extra cups per week for a US citizen.  Multiply that by the number of weeks in a year, and the US citizen is ingesting 78 more cups of Old Fashioned Oats per year than the Canadian citizen.

Talk about portion distortion!

Nutrition facts labeling and standards vary from country to country as you’ll see in the items listed below.

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