Food is one of those things we consume an awful lot of without thinking too much about it – at least not theologically. Food represents 10% of the US GDP. It’s a big part of every single day of our lives. American spend more than a trillion dollars on food annually.
I’ve written a few things on food before – on the importance of the evening meal, on the concept of menuha and a theology of food, and even preached on food awhile back. Food is huge in our world. I’m paying much more attention to what I eat these days, not in order to lose weight, but in order to think about it theologically. Where does my food come from? What is food production doing to the environment? How do we balance the expanding global need with the means of production? How should the Christian relate to food? There are tons of interesting questions involved.
I ran into an interesting Op-doc from the New York Times this morning. Filmmaker Casey Neistat did something I’ve been dying to do ever since the first time I counted calories. He took a few food items and checked out the actual calorie count versus the advertised calorie count on the label. For a few of these items, it wasn’t pretty. I would love to do this with a bunch of different foods in my life.
The downside of this is that it feels a little bit like a “gotcha” video. Wouldn’t he really need to test three or four of the items to make sure he didn’t get a huge one? Didn’t the one bad one (pre-packaged convenience store sandwich) throw the whole thing off. All it all, I was fairly surprised with the accuracy.
The funniest thing to me was that Subway was the only one that came in under on the count, which confirms my suspicion that Subway is a little skimpy on the portions when compared with their advertisements. If I had my chance, these are the items I’d like to have tested: Panera Baked Potato Soup, Five Guy’s Cheeseburger, Coke Zero (no calories, really?), Creamy Club from Planet Sub (no sprouts, no mayo), and Oklahoma Joe’s Smokie Joe Sandwich with fries… check that last one. I don’t care how many calories it has. It’s perfect just the way it is.
Below are Neistat’s results & the short clip.
Grandpa’s Original Yogurt Muffin
listed: 640 Actual: 734
Grande Frappaccino from Starbucks
listed: 370 Actual: 392
listed: 1175 Actual: 1295
listed: 228 Actual: 548
Subway 6″ Turkey Sub
listed: 360 Actual: 350