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Old 08-18-2005, 03:32 PM   #21
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Hmmm...the question is..If one cup of whole milk has 81 calories from fat, how many calories from fat are in one cup of 2% milk? The #1 answer I get to this question in 2% of 81. That's not the answer. What does the 2% represent? What does your 3% represent? The point of this question is to show how the manufacturers deceive us with labeling. The #1 milk sold is 2% and the consumer believes there is very little fat in it, because '2' is such a little number.
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Old 08-18-2005, 04:19 PM   #22
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Because this sounds like one of those carefuly-worded logic problems they gave me in math class, I'm going to guess that a cup of 2% milk has 81 calories of fat and the "2%" is actually referring to something totally unrelated, much like McDonald's hamburger wrappers can say "100% Beef" because the company that makes the wrappers is called "100% Beef".
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Old 08-18-2005, 05:02 PM   #23
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The percent is how much fat, by mass, the milk is composed of.

Whole milk is somewhere around 3%, and 2% is 2%. Thus there is little difference between the two. The 2% would have 50 cals or so from fat.
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Yup..it is the weight of the fat. One cup of whole milk has 81 calories from fat. One cup of 2% milk has 45 calories from fat. They figured that instead of counting calories, they would weigh the fat, compared to the total weight of the serving. The fat in 2% weighs 2% of the total weight of the serving. Tricky, huh? When someone in the milk producing world figured out that marketing scheme, other manufacturers copied it. Many foods that are displayed, 95% fat free, also use the weight to do the deceptive comparison. Ok, so much for the food labeling trivia.
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