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Burger Study from Clear Labs Reveals Calorie Count Coverup

burger study reveals calorie count coverup

When Clear Labs released its new extensive analysis of 258 hamburger meat samples from 22 retailers and 79 brands, 13.6 percent had some type of quality problem. Among those problems was a calorie count coverup.


I am not saying that some of the other findings of the study are not worrisome. For example, rat DNA was found in three samples, 4.3 percent of burgers showed germ contamination (including E. coli and Clostridium perfringens), and two samples of veggie burgers contained trace levels of beef DNA.

However, at least according to some experts, the rat DNA likely doesn’t represent any danger to human health, as it probably falls within the acceptable level of contamination established by the Food and Drug Administration. The germs found in a few samples may not have even been viable at the time of testing, according to Dr. Michael Doyle, director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia.

As a vegan, I am not pleased by the finding of beef DNA in two samples, nor another discovery that there were no black beans in a professed black bean veggie burger. It appears deception prevails in both the meat and vegetable food manufacturing world.

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But when it comes to calories, the report showed that:

  • An amazing 46 percent of the samples contained more calories than the producers claimed.
  • On average, each serving provided nearly 40 additional calories. But fast food burgers were even worse.
  • Most (38 of 47) fast food hamburgers tested had more calories than reported, and 12 of them provided consumers with at least 100 more calories per serving.
  • In addition, carb counters should know that 49 percent of the samples contained more carbohydrates than reported on menus or labels.
  • Of the 127 burger samples tested, there was an average of 4.2 grams more carbs per sample than reported

The authors of the report noted that since the FDA now mandates most fast food restaurants to make nutritional information available to consumers, “these discrepancies are potentially worrisome for customers who make decisions about what to order based on calorie counts and other available nutritional information.”

The findings of this report will need to be verified by other researchers, yet it highlights the need for manufacturers to practice truth in production and labeling and for consumers to be ever wary of what they are buying. Perhaps it is also time to consider more homemade foods and less dependence on convenience and fast foods, for our health and safety.

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Clear Labs. The hamburger report
Medical Daily. Food lab finds many burgers have quality issues and missing ingredients, especially veggie brands

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