Have You Noticed?

dipat2005 Posts: 1,225 ✭✭✭✭
edited May 2021 in General Health

Have you noticed that not only have canned and boxed products have shrunk in size but that now they are increasing the size of the serving. That means the ingredient list has higher amounts of Carbohydrates, Sugar and the like.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I looked at some of the products on my own shelves plus the store shelves and the sizes of portions. We will get bigger and bigger instead of smaller.

Exercise means more than ever now. So be careful what you purchase and remember we can make it healthier, and have stronger bodies when we make it from scratch ourselves.


  • maimover
    maimover Posts: 359 ✭✭✭

    I do notice there is space on the grocery store shelves that is increasing. In Kohl’s the bathing suit selection was horrible and the racks that once you had to slide through because they were so jammed are now wide open. The one thing that is really disturbing is the amount of processed, boxed, packaged crap shelves are growing larger. Hmmm 🤔

  • dipat2005
    dipat2005 Posts: 1,225 ✭✭✭✭

    @maimover I have noticed that the packaged stuff has grown too. I am not a fan but once in awhile indulge.

  • gardneto76
    gardneto76 Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭

    We have noticed this and looking at the flyers from the stores the space that is taken up by each section. The whole middle section is dedicated to processed junk. The outside pages have some fruits, vegetables, meats, and more processed food like substances.

  • kbmbillups1
    kbmbillups1 Posts: 1,314 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I noticed yesterday that the sliced cheese I bought has 1 less slice in it now.

  • VermontCathy
    VermontCathy Posts: 1,911 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Servings are pretty meaningless except for regulatory purposes.

    Shrinking cans are really annoying because they mess up the balance of existing recipes.

    @gardneto76 Yes, the big movement in grocery shopping is to focus on the perimeter rather than the center of the store. The grocery stores are well aware of this and trying to leverage it. In general, the fresh food (fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats) will be found around the outside perimeter of the store, and the middle will be devoted to cans, jars, bottles, and non-food items like paper towels, TP, soap, cleaners, and so forth.

    It's best to get most of your food from the perimeter (unless you are growing it yourself!), and only use the center-store foods as condiments or complements to meals.

  • Lisa K
    Lisa K Posts: 1,836 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The times I do best with my weight is when I make things from scratch instead of buying pre-packaged food, even if it is from a store known for having healthy foods.

  • dipat2005
    dipat2005 Posts: 1,225 ✭✭✭✭

    @Lisa K I agree about the weight thing. I learned to shop the inside of the store when I lived in Colorado Springs. I had altitude sickness so bad that I couldn't even go near the meat aisle.

    A lot of times I go just to one store to shop for fruits and vegetables and skip the perimeter in another store so I can just get the other add on items like TP and paper towels etc.

    I do grow some of what I eat but my space is quite limited. If I planted in pots they would get up and walk away. I am hoping that if the weather cooperates I will be able to get my garden in soon. If I had planted in April the garden would be up and doing well but that wasn't possible this year.

  • Lisa K
    Lisa K Posts: 1,836 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @dipat2005 hope all is well now and that this Fall you can do a cool weather garden!

  • dipat2005
    dipat2005 Posts: 1,225 ✭✭✭✭

    @Lisa K thank you. I hoping for both a summer, fall and winter gardens.