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Looks can be deceiving

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at 11:29 AM

Last week I bought a package of Oreo cookies. I couldn't help notice that the cookies have shrunk. Yes, they have the same good taste, but they aren't nearly as big as they once were.

Remember the advertisements that showed the grandfather and grandson dipping an Oreo into a glass of milk.

I'm sure the Oreos were larger then.

Also yesterday I opened a bar of Caress soap, the pink kind. The bar is so much smaller than it used to be. It was lost in the soap dish. I checked and it weighed 3.15 ounces.

In contrast, I checked the weight of a bar of Ivory soap I had in my bathroom closet. It was larger, weighed 4.5 ounces.

What I'm thinking is that lots of products we are buying today have less contents but the same former price. There's less than before.

Not long ago, I bought a small package of a product designed to restore life and luster to dry, damaged hair.

I have bought the product several times in the past. However, this time included in the package were two small vials. In the past there were three vials for three separate treatments.

The contents had been reduced, but the price had not.

This year I noticed that some name brand coffee canisters are smaller.

I checked and the Folgers Coffee canister (medium Classic Roast) now boasts that it will make up to 200 cups of pure, rich coffee. The old canister noted that contents held up to 270 six ounce cups. Its net weight was 2 lb 1.9 oz.

Maxwell House coffee canisters have also shrunk accordingly and so have the contents.

I haven't noticed any cheaper prices, although coffee is on sale quite often and the consumer can buy it for about $1 less per canister.

New and improved may mean smaller for the same or more money.

Lots of cereal boxes are smaller with less content than previously sold. Same goes for nose tissues and toilet tissue. And some packaged cake mixes. Some cereals are loaded with sugar, also.

Perhaps the manufacturers think the public won't notice the package change.

Lest you think I complain too much, I would like to thank the food manufacturers for the sugar free products that are on the shelves now.

I remember when my diabetic mother-in-law used to search for something that was sugar free but she couldn't find anything in the markets.

She would bake her own special sugar free pies so that she would have something to eat while we indulged her "from scratch" red velvet cake or German chocolate cake.

Today there's sugar free ice cream. And a few sugar free cake mixes and cake frostings.

The Russell Stover sugar free packaged candies are delicious.

Now there are many "light" low calorie choices, too.

And there are good tasting lite yogurts with less calories and sugar. I bought some lite yogurt this week that has only 9g of sugar. Some of your name brand yogurts are high in sugar content.

I purchase a Minute Maid bottle of orange juice that is lite 50 calories, 10 grams of sugar. Most of your orange juices are loaded with sugar.

A16.9 oz bottle of Classic Coca Cola has 55g of sugar, too. One can of root beer has 49g of sugar.

That's why I prefer diet Coke, no calories or granulated sugar. And there are similar diet Pepsi products, too.

I have found it pays to read labels.

Looks can be deceiving.

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