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Manwich’s Fuzzy Math

IMG00014-20091028-1927Many thanks to eagle-eyed Small Bites reader Nilsa Duran who sent me the accompanying screen capture of the latest Manwich commercials.

In case you can’t read clearly, the image contains the following statement:

Each 1/4 cup serving of Manwich contains a 1/2 [sic] cup of vegetables.

Huh?  How, exactly, does a quarter-cup serving of Manwich deliver a half cup of vegetables, you wonder?

I was perplexed at first, too.

However, a look at the Manwich ingredient list revealed what I believe to be the answer.

Apart from the tomato puree — which makes up the large majority of this half-cup serving of vegetables — all other vegetables (mainly peppers and onions) are dehydrated.

My guess is that the half-cup measurement refers to pre-dehydrated vegetables.

While that’s fine and dandy, let’s not forget that each quarter-cup serving also offers 380 milligrams of sodium — slightly more than a large order of McDonald’s fries.

Additionally, Manwich contains more added sugar (in the form of corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup) than peppers or onions.



  1. Val said on October 30th, 2009

    Snerk!!!….I saw a commercial the other night for Ragu spaghetti sauce…showing a little boy feeding his broccoli to the dog and then showing him happily eating a plate of pasta and sauce (no greens anywhere on the plate) with the glowing proclamation that little Johnny NOW has all his veggies!!!

  2. Andy Bellatti said on October 30th, 2009

    I have to admit — I miss out on a lot of advertisements because I usually watch recorded shows on my DVR! Seems like I am missing some golden blogging opportunities, though.

    I like how advertisers think vegetables = plain steamed broccoli OR tomato sauce on pizza.

    Thanks for sharing this!

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