Calorie Confusion

By Katherine Henley |Staff Writer|

The Food Court located in the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) is misleading students through their inaccurate advertising of incorrect calorie counts for certain meals.

As I walked into the food court section of the SMSU on my break before class to pick up a quick bite to eat, I couldn’t help but notice at Pizza Hut the large sign standing to my left advertising a delicious picture of Creamy Chicken Alfredo, for only 680 calories. Putting it to the test, I decided to double check with the nutritional guide that is available to everyone at the cashier counter. To my surprise the guide listed the Creamy Chicken Alfredo at 740 calories.

“If I’m eating at one of these places and I see an advertisement for 680 calories, I shouldn’t have to think about if it’s the truth or not,” said hungry student Paige Jones.

A student who lives on campus and eats at Pizza Hut twice a day could garner an extra 120 calories, which translates to 3,600 calories or about one pound a month.

All of these would be hidden calories, due to their omission in false advertisement.
For the 3,600 hidden calories accumulated in one month, a student could have eaten about 24 slices of Pizza Huts six-inch Personal Pan Pizza, meat lover’s pizza.

Even though Pizza Hut advertises the Meaty Marinara for 600 calories it does not match up with the 680 calorie Meaty Marinara as published in the nutritional guide.

“That is ridiculous [referring to false advertisement], no wonder the freshman who live on campus gain the freshman 15,” said an outraged, Polet Milan.

Most diets today and even some health issues such as diabetes rely on counting calories. To someone on a diet, 80 extra calories is a significant intake.

“It makes me feel like I’m eating healthier when I order something of any of the restaurants in the food court because when they show the calories, like it’s going to be better for me,” said student Steve Wilson.

It is unnerving that students cannot trust the advertisements displayed to make a health conscious decision.

Although Pizza Hut had discrepancies that stuck out the most, Subversions and Taco Bell are guilty for false advertisements as well.

While the Subversions six-inch Italian sub is displayed on the menu as 590 calories, the guide indicates that the same six-inch is actually 685 calories.

At the time of print the general manager of dining services, Dave Janosky was unavailable to respond.

“I don’t know why they show the calorie amount if it’s doesn’t match up with the guide. I rather not know, or think I’m eating healthier when I’m not,” said Amanda Fountain, after discovering the misleading in the food court.
With the Grand Slam, Cranberry Chicken Salad and the California Turkey salad being all below 600 calories, they all matched up perfectly with the health guide. Along with the rest of the meals listed on the display, it seems that the most reliable and accurate advertisement in the food court is Denny’s Fresh Express, meals.

Make sure you know what you’re getting before ordering food because the advertisements you see may be misleading. You can pick up a nutritional guide to double check from any of the restaurant counters in the SMSUfood court.



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