Dill we meet again

I opened up a jar of pickles last night — Braum’s house-label Hamburger Dill Slices, which will (mostly) be used for their stated purpose — and for some reason began reading the Nutrition Facts on the label. I grinned weakly at “Calories: 0” and frowned slightly at “Sodium: 300 mg.” But the one thing that caught me off-guard was at the very top: “Serving Size: 1 oz (28g/about 7 Slices).”

Seven slices? Have I been gypping myself on my burgers all these years? And since when does Braum’s actually put seven on one of their burgers?


  1. k8 »

    1 August 2008 · 2:23 pm

    I was reading a diet journal one time that said if you wanted to binge on something, you could eat a whole jar of pickles and not feel guilty.

    Try that and see how much water weight you put on!

  2. CGHill »

    1 August 2008 · 5:03 pm

    Not to mention what it would do for my already-sour disposition.

  3. Dan B »

    1 August 2008 · 8:08 pm

    So you can eat them until you cuke?

    I’ll pass.

  4. Matt »

    2 August 2008 · 2:49 am

    Hi. Welcome to the world of nutritional labels, which some of us have to read. I have to make my own pickles because 300mg for one ounce is a heart-failure buster for me.

    Anyway, most of these kinds of foods are listed in one-ounce servings because the individual portions are unevenly sized, largely because they’re made from fruits and vegetables that refuse to grow in uniform shapes/weights. One ounce is pretty standard for these things. For liquids, eight ounces is more typical. Several years ago, the FDA finally started making companies list a single serving that matched common usage. Until then, a 12oz can of soda would often be listed as “two servings,” although I’m not sure on what planet that was ever true.

    The full story is here, or at least as full as you’ll get without reading several thousand pages of the Federal Register. If it tells you more information, industry fought it tooth and nail.

    (Even the “Healthy Choice” soups, which are on the upper border of all I can eat, take the last paragraph of the description too literally and declare one can to be “about 2 servings.” The last time I split a can of soup with someone else, I was 12.)

  5. CGHill »

    2 August 2008 · 8:54 am

    Maybe in the Land of Sierra Mist: about six ounces of that stuff is all I can stand. :)

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