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Survey: Metric Measurements on Nutrition Labels Mislead Many

nutrition facts Over 700 Consumer World readers recently were quizzed about their understanding of nutrition food labels that utilize grams (as required by the FDA) to indicate how much sugar, fat or salt is in a product. It turns out, for example, that 80% had no idea how many teaspooons of sugar are in a beverage labeled as containing 39 grams. (You'll be shocked at the right answer!) Many people grossly underestimated the amount by more than half. See all the results of the survey and our suggestion to make nutrition labels more understandable for everyone.

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In this tight economy, car shoppers are concerned about getting good value for their money. US News just released its list of the best value cars of the year, that combine the praise from car reviewers, lower upfront costs, and lower long-term ownership costs than their competition.

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  • Review of Lytro: The Camera Where You Can Focus Pictures AFTER They are Taken
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  • AT&T Formalizes Speed Throttling on Unlimited Data Plans
  • Voodoo Math on Car Leases Only Makes Them Appear Cheaper
  • Another Court Upholds Mandatory Arbitration Clause
  • Online Complaint Form for the New Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • New York Hospitals Low-Rated for Patient Safety

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