The Great Goldfish Debate


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Throughout time, Goldfish has always been a popular snack for consumers of all ages. Whether they're in a toddler's lunchbox, a college kid's dorm, or in a bowl at a party, Goldfish are always a perfect go to snack. I mean what other snack has a smile baked onto every piece? But with so many different flavors to choose from, it can become difficult to pick a favorite. Personally, I'm a fan of Goldfish Cheddar, and my roommate's favorite is Goldfish Xtra Cheddar Flavor Blast, so I decided to compare the two to see if they really are different after all.
What's interesting is that both flavors have the same amount of calories, but different serving sizes. The cheddar has 140 calories and a serving size of 55 pieces, but the Xtra Cheddar Flavor Blasted has 140 calories but a serving size of only 51 pieces. Putting other factors such as sodium aside, I became curious as to why calories did not affect the serving size of the snack. More importantly, how do food manufacturers determine the number of calories of snacks in general?
According to the National Data Lab (NDL), "most of the calorie values in the USDA and industry food tables are based on an indirect calorie estimation made using the so-called Atwater system". The total caloric value is calculated by adding up the calories provided by the energy-containing nutrients: protein (4 Kcal/g), carbohydrate (4 Kcal/g), fat (9 Kcal/) and alcohol.   
Although this makes sense, what I have failed to understand is how the two flavors of Goldfish ended up with the same amount of calories, when they have a different caloric value. Both flavors have the same amount of protein and fats, but the Cheddar seems to have 19g of total carbohydrates, while the Xtra Cheddar Flavor Blasted has 20g. I guess for now I'll just stick to eating Goldfish instead of researching them!
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Works Cited:

"Fooducate | Eat a Bit Better." Fooducate | Eat a Bit Better. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2013. <http://www.fooducate.com/app#page=product&id=422A1BDA-5ECB-11E0-A55F-1231380C180E>

"How Do Food Manufacturers Calculate the Calorie Count of Packaged Foods?: Scientific American." How Do Food Manufacturers Calculate the Calorie Count of Packaged Foods?: Scientific American. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2013.

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I love Goldfish so much. Baby goldfish are my favorite because you feel like you're getting more for the amount of calories you're consuming. I also like they because since they're smaller, I feel like there is less air in between the crackers, and I get to enjoy the delicious taste so much more. Although my friends make fun of me for eating child-size Goldfish, I stand by my decision. In regards to health, I would not consume the rainbow Goldfish because of the artificial dye, even though they are pretty to look at. This website basically describes what you discussed in regards to the calories and it talks about the ingredients and how healthy they are for you. http://blog.fooducate.com/2010/06/28/goldfish-crackers-good-or-bad-for-my-kids/

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