I don’t want to alarm anyone, but I think you should all know that many recipes on the internet and in magazines give incorrect nutritional information. Now that I’m paying more attention to carbs, calories, and cholesterol, I’ve noticed that quite a few of the recipes I’ve found that look nutritionally appealing are really not at all! For example, I’ve seen recipes that call themselves “low carb”, but, if you actually calculate the carbs they are quite high. Also, some recipes will tell you that they are “x” calories per serving with “z” carbs, but they don’t tell you how many servings the recipe makes. So, if you’re making something in a 13″ x 9″ pan, is a serving 1/12th of the pan or 1/24th of the pan? Do you see the confusion?
It’s important to know that the information you’re using to determine whether or not something is “healthy” for you or fits into your dietary requirements is accurate. On pre-packaged foods, it’s pretty easy to determine serving size and to be assured that the carbs, calories, and cholesterol information is correct. On recipes, however, you need to double check for yourself.
Here is a good example of what I’m talking about. The recipe below was from a trusted web site that provides information regarding healthy cooking and eating. I’ve copied the main part of the recipe, along with their analysis of the calories and carbs. As you can see in their “Nutritional Facts”, their totals (in green) are much different then mine (in red) are for the recipe. In order for their numbers to be correct, you would have to cut the bars into about 30 servings. Check it out:
Note: Numbers are approximate. Every brand is slightly different, so these are good averages.
Peanut Butter Bars
Why pay more for store-bought bars when you can make tastier ones at home?
- 3 cups mini marshmallows (477 calories/122 carbs)
- 3 tablespoons margarine (225 calories/0 carbs)
- 1/2 cup reduced fat peanut butter (760 calories/60 carbs)
- 3 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal (336 calories/67 carbs)
- 1 cup uncooked quick oats (300 calories/59 carbs)
- 1/3 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips (400 calories/45 carbs)
10 (You would have to cut this recipe into about 30 bars to make their numbers work for 65 calories/10 g carbs per bar)
- calories 65 (250 calories by my calculations)carbohydrate 10g (35 g by my calculations)
- The bottom line is that you need to take responsibility for making sure that what you’re eating really is healthy for you. Don’t count on numbers that seem too good to be true. Take a few minutes and check it out yourself.