Should Nutrition Facts on the side of labeling be measured in teaspoons or grams?

Posted by: Sarra

(1 teaspoon = 5 grams)

  • Teaspoons

  • Grams

40% 4 votes
60% 6 votes
  • We need to be more precise, so go metric on this one.

  • Death to the imperial system!

  • Nutrition facts should be more accurate than that. FreedomBeforeEquality would be right, except the question was about nutrition facts on the side of labeling, not a cake or similar recipe- a recipe can be either, nutrition facts should be more professional, since it's company made.

  • More precise. More of the world uses it.

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FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-08-24T19:57:19.2515628Z
Technically they dont even measure the same thing (Mass vs. Volume) but whatever.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-08-24T20:01:36.2525524Z
1 teaspoon = 5 grams actually tells you how much your substance weighs and what its density is. You could decipher alot about it just from having both types of measurements on the side of the box. If you were Sherlock Holmes or something ... You could see that and say "It's sugar". With more pure substances at least.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-08-24T20:30:12.5773596Z
@Tajshar2k It would not make anything more precise, as a matter of fact. Actually going to a smaller graduated scale makes readings less precise ... Because the point that you could round to is closer to a second point. More accurate maybe? I think you meant accurate. And if you were using a digital scale it wouldn't matter one way or the other ... Your amounts would be as accurate and precise as the scale could measure to.
tajshar2k says2015-08-24T20:36:46.7058652Z
Yea sorry I meant accurate. Its important for guys like the FDA too print exactly what is inside the food. A teaspoon is not really accurate. People will just start suing the FDA, and they will have a legit reason. They incorrectly printed out what was in the box.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-08-25T13:07:41.2912875Z
But like I said above in my vote ... Its food. As far as your body goes ... A small fraction of a teaspoon in error is not even going to be detectable based on the application. I think accuracy of the scale youre talking about should be reserved for more sensitive applications, not cooking. They cant accurately keep a cookie or chip to the same dimensions every single time ... So whats printed on the label is worthless anyways. It all just gives you a general idea. I think it'd be wholly unnecessary to put that much effort into accuracy on the label when other factors such as the form of the thing youre eating is much more a limiting factor in that accuracy.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-08-25T13:09:36.8122495Z
They do try though ... To shoot for a standard in their food production. But their error is much much larger than the error you might get from using imperial over metric on the nutrition facts label.

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