A few weeks ago, I was at the grocery store and I got to thinking about how much smaller some of the food products in Brazil are compared to the same products in the US. I sat down and thought about it, scanning through the different kinds of food, and I came to the conclusion that the products that are considerably larger in the US are the sweets and desserts.
The results are a little frightening.
The most obvious example is the cookie. Eis os cookies brasileiros:
And here is the American cookie package:
With this type of packaging, which is the most common, you get two to three times as many cookies as the Brazilian packaging.
Let's take a look at ice cream:
Here's a Brazilian box of chocolate popsicles (contains 5 popsicles):
And here's the typical American box of chocolate popsicles (contains 18 popsicles):
That's 3.6 times more popsicles!
And finally, let's take a look at cereal.
Here's a box of Brazilian Fruit Loops (230 grams = 8.1 ounces):
And here's an American box of Fruit Loops (15 ounces = 425 grams):
The question that remains is, are we more economical, or simply more likely to get fat?