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September 6, 2012 2:50 PM
Today I had a pre-packaged pickle in a plastic bag from 7-11. It's called Van Holten's dill pickle. Why am I not convinced this was ZERO CALORIES? I mean cucumbers are not zero calories. And what about the vinegar or whatever is used to make pickles into pickles. Then I definitely tasted some saltiness in the pickle. I don't know...does anyone have any input on the packaging of this pickle saying zaro calories?
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September 6, 2012 2:56 PM
Uh, all the pickles I've ever logged have been 3-5 cal/pickle... unless it's genetically modified or something... :|
September 6, 2012 2:58 PM
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Today I had a pre-packaged pickle in a plastic bag from 7-11. It's called Van Holten's dill pickle. Why am I not convinced this was ZERO CALORIES? I mean cucumbers are not zero calories. And what about the vinegar or whatever is used to make pickles into pickles. Then I definitely tasted some saltiness in the pickle. I don't know...does anyone have any input on the packaging of this pickle saying zaro calories?


Isn't this an american thing where if the food is less than 5 calories it can be marked as 0 calories? So its probably around 4-5 calories rather than 0 calories which is impossible for something which has substances your body can metabolise.
September 6, 2012 3:00 PM
Don't bother logging it unless you're watching sodium.
September 6, 2012 3:01 PM
I have had some of these pickles where there are 5 servings in one bag. 4 or 5 calories per serving=20 to 25 calories. I am more worried about the sodium in that many servings.
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September 6, 2012 3:01 PM
But even 5 calories doesn't seem right for this yummy, salty, big pickle!
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September 6, 2012 3:02 PM
Just poking around on other sites, they say Van Hoten's pickles are 0 cals and about 520mg of sodium per 1 oz. If these are the pickle-in-a-bag that I remember from childhood, they sure aren't 1 oz pickles.

As SouffleBoy said, U.S. allows foods to be marked as 0 if they have less than a certain percentage of calories/sodium/whatever in them.
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September 6, 2012 3:02 PM
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Today I had a pre-packaged pickle in a plastic bag from 7-11. It's called Van Holten's dill pickle. Why am I not convinced this was ZERO CALORIES? I mean cucumbers are not zero calories. And what about the vinegar or whatever is used to make pickles into pickles. Then I definitely tasted some saltiness in the pickle. I don't know...does anyone have any input on the packaging of this pickle saying zaro calories?


Isn't this an american thing where if the food is less than 5 calories it can be marked as 0 calories? So its probably around 4-5 calories rather than 0 calories which is impossible for something which has substances your body can metabolise.

Yes, zero calories actually means less than 5. You've probably burned off that many typing this post.
September 6, 2012 3:04 PM
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But even 5 calories doesn't seem right for this yummy, salty, big pickle!


Its mainly water.
September 6, 2012 3:04 PM
I don't log pickles. It says 0 because its less than 5 cal per serving
September 6, 2012 3:56 PM
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Today I had a pre-packaged pickle in a plastic bag from 7-11. It's called Van Holten's dill pickle. Why am I not convinced this was ZERO CALORIES? I mean cucumbers are not zero calories. And what about the vinegar or whatever is used to make pickles into pickles. Then I definitely tasted some saltiness in the pickle. I don't know...does anyone have any input on the packaging of this pickle saying zaro calories?


Isn't this an american thing where if the food is less than 5 calories it can be marked as 0 calories? So its probably around 4-5 calories rather than 0 calories which is impossible for something which has substances your body can metabolise.

What he said.

They're allowed to round 5calories down to zero.
September 6, 2012 4:00 PM
I have vlasic dill spears that a 0 calories
September 6, 2012 4:05 PM
Impossible. And worse, you got about 1/2 day's worth of salt there!
September 7, 2012 7:52 AM
it does seem impossible. i could eat pickles all day!
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