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Speaking of numeracy…

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From Monday’s Globe:

Mr. Lopez, who has designed fitness nutrition plans, recommends options for healthier dining and drinking.

“When Dawn’s at the pub, a turkey burger or sweet potato fries would be better alternatives. On average, one chicken wing has 100 calories, seven grams of fat and 100 grams of sodium.” As for alcohol, “vodka with soda or champagne are her best bets – both are below 100 calories.”

So I’m trying to picture 100 grams of sodium. Sounds like a lot, right? And when you multiply up, the numbers become really silly: There’s a full kilogram of sodium in ten wings? Obviously, it’s supposed to be milligrams. This might look like a typo, and I do think pointing out typos is kind of petty. But this kind of mistake doesn’t surprise me nearly as much as, say, a misspelling of the word “grams” would. And that’s frustrating.

Much more at Regret the Error.

(H/t to a sharp-eyed friend, Mike Markovich.)


Written by Allison

21 December 2010 at 1:26 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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