Here is a little bit of information that may have slipped through the cracks and I think requires a closer look. I shop at WalMart, like most of the us in the US, for a lot of my grocery needs. On of the things I get there on a consistent basis is boneless chicken breasts, super high protein content, especially the big three essential amino acids: leucine, iso-leucine and valine, and very little waste, or so I thought.
As you may have noticed over the past several weeks, I weigh everything! Got my little electronic food scale, from WalMart, coincidentally. To more accurately calculate calories and macros everything goes from fridge to scale to pan before hitting the plate.
I get out a tray of breasts, 4.5 lbs, priinted on the lable. Pull out 2 breasts and weigh them, 1 lb, 6 oz., set aside for cooking. Weigh and bag the other breasts for the freezer, 1 lb. 5 oz. and 15 oz. respectively. Think nothing of it, clear the foam tray and cello wrap and go about my business. And then a little voice in the back of my head says, “Hey!” I jot down the weights and add them up and I start thinking, 3 lbs. 10 oz., that’s not right. So I grab the tray from the trash and toss it on the scale, 14 oz.!!! I realize that there is going to be a small amount of weight involved in packaging and I am cool with that but almost a full pound?
WalMart charges $2 a pound for chicken breasts, when you calculate the amount that the packaging weighs, that becomes $1.75 just for the wrapper. If that weight is mostly injected water leaving the chicken as I assume they use this process, WalMart is getting about $16 a gallon for it at the register. I have no issue with the quality of the food, you get what you pay for. I’m not going to stop buying it. I believe that the labeling is deceptive on it’s face, I would rather pay $2.50 a pound for chicken and get the weight that I pay for, than pay $2 a pound for a package that is 3 and a half pounds chicken and 1 pound tray. This is simply my opinion.
4 eggs(320 cal.)P28F21.2C0
1 tsp. coconut oil(40 cal.)P0F4.7C0
1 Can tomatoes and chilies(50 cal.)P2.5F0C10
7 corn tortillas(350 cal.)P7F3.5C73.5
16 oz. 2% milk(244 cal.)P16.2F9.6C24.6
total=1004 ca. P 53.7 F 39 C 108.1
24 oz. chicken 744 cal P 156.6 F 8.4 C 0
1 onion 64 cal P 1.4 F .1 C 15.5
3 jalapeños 12 cal P0F0C3
4 tbsp sweet chili sauce 200 cal P0F0C25
2 tbsp sriracha sauce 30 cal P0F0C7.5
1050 cal. P 158 F 8.5 C 51(this makes 3 servings)
8 oz. lentils 264 cal. P20.8F.8C45.6
total=614 cal. P 73.5 F 3.6 C 72.6
total 1618 cal. P 127.2 F 42.6 C 180.7
My workout, rest day/garage cleaning, ugh.
wow! that’s eye-opening. Thanks for sharing
I think you pointed out my issue with most fresh meat at Walmart. It’s all injected with a salt solution. I think it negatively impacts the texture and flavor in addition to adding weight. Still, Walmart is damn cheap, convenient and the one by our house isn’t crowded.