Math problem

I have to take issue with this bottle of mountain dew that's sitting on my desk. Here's a quick breakdown of the relevant facts on the nutrition label:

1 bottle = 20 oz = 2.5 servings

1 serving = 110 calories

So, some simple math (110 calories x 2.5 servings) SHOULD give us the number of calories in the entire bottle, right? The bottle disagrees. All the other figures work out, the sodium and sugar, but the calories do not. Instead of being 275 calories per bottle, somehow (according to the label) we're at 290. Is there some sort of caloric conversion that needs to be done that explains this?

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  1. fnt23 said,

    Getting lots of work done over there, eh?

    August 9, 2007 @ 1:47 pm

  2. sparx said,

    Tons.. I just stole RAM from another computer, and now I'm getting ready for a meeting. Which means I'm getting tons of caffeine in the system so I don't pass out and snore again.

    August 9, 2007 @ 1:54 pm

  3. fnt23 said,

    I don't know what a RAM is but shame on you for stealing. Good luck with the no snoring thing. 🙂 lyg

    August 9, 2007 @ 2:03 pm

  4. spudart said,

    I bet it's actually not the calories that is incorrect, but rather the serving size. Let's say there is actually 2.9 servings per container, but by law, you have to keep it to 0.5 increments for the servings. And by law, you are only allowed to round down, never up for the servings. Because rounding up for the servings would be misleading to the consumer, because it implies there is more in the container than what you are selling.

    This makes so much logical sense in my mind, that I bet it's completely true. You can look it up, but don't even bother, this has just GOTTA be true. You can quote me as an authority. After all, my website is #2 or #3 on google for Pepsi Blue and #1 for Pepsi Clear.

    August 9, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

  5. sparx said,

    But 1 serving is 8oz.. so 20 *IS* 2.5 servings. And the calories are the only thing that don't scale correctly.
    I should call them tomorrow. I'll report on my findings, if any.

    And I did pretty well with the no snoring thing. It was difficult. lyg

    August 9, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

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