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Old 05-25-2010, 01:12 PM
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Does anyone actually divide up chef boyardee cans into 2 servings

The label says a can has 2 servings but I always eat a whole can for a meal. Is this why I am fat?
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:22 PM
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Yes.
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:24 PM
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The fact that, as an adult, you "always eat a whole can" is an indicator that the rest of your diet probably ain't too hot either.

I have eaten this stuff, at the rate of maybe a can or two every couple of years. For the most part I prefer unprocessed, home-cooked meals with fresh ingredients.

I'm guessing Chef Boyardee alone isn't responsible for your fatness.

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Old 05-25-2010, 01:26 PM
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but the can says it has a whole serving of vegetables

that means it must be healthy
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They mention that in the commercials. I think it's only true because the stuff includes a bunch of tomato sauce. Now, while that's technically a vegetable, that doesn't mean it's somehow healthy.
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:52 PM
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They mention that in the commercials. I think it's only true because the stuff includes a bunch of tomato sauce. Now, while that's technically a vegetable, that doesn't mean it's somehow healthy.
No, it's technically a fruit. From a practical perspective it's treated as a vegetable.

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Old 05-25-2010, 01:56 PM
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I think this id done becasue if you realized how much sodium is in the whole can, you wouldn't eat it. But people read it and say oh okay, then realize they mean 2 servings. heh.
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Old 05-25-2010, 02:29 PM
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The fact that, as an adult, you "always eat a whole can" is an indicator that the rest of your diet probably ain't too hot either.
Good Lord, I hope the OP's "I always eat a whole can for a meal" means "I always eat a whole can when I eat Chef Boyardee for a meal" and not "I always eat a whole can of Chef Boyardee whenever I eat a meal."

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I have eaten this stuff, at the rate of maybe a can or two every couple of years. For the most part I prefer unprocessed, home-cooked meals with fresh ingredients.
Dude. It's made by a chef! That's better than home-cooked!

I think of the creations of the Chef Boy as kid food. And if you're a little kid, a whole can probably is too much.

Chef Boyardee is the kid of thing I usually keep a can or two of in the cupboard, to have on hand for those rare occasions when I want some quick, easy comfort food. But as a steady diet, it would be neither healthy nor satisfying. But, when I do eat some for a meal, a can doesn't really fill me up by itself, let alone half a can. (So it wouldn't hurt to supplement it with something healthy, like salad). From a calorie point of view, a whole can of Beefaroni isn't that big a chunk of your recommended daily intake (though from a sodium point of view it's pretty bad).
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Old 05-25-2010, 02:59 PM
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Every once in a great while I get a craving for the cheese ravioli with meatballs. It's a "mama made it for me when I was sick" thing.

I not only eat a whole can, I'll frost the bowl with canned parmesan cheese before I nuke it. I use some white Wonderbread to sop the bowl when I'm finished.

Yes, as a matter of fact I AM fat.
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:16 PM
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I not only eat a whole can, I'll frost the bowl with canned parmesan cheese before I nuke it. I use some white Wonderbread to sop the bowl when I'm finished.
Bolded are the three things wrong with this sentence.
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I disagree. Canned pasta demands canned "Parmesan" cheese-food-like product and spongy white bread. This isn't hawt cewsine, this is comfort food. Just like mother used to nuke.
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:29 PM
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Just like mother used to nuke.
I just realized I'm old. My mother used to pour the can into a saucepan and heat it on the stove! I don't think we had one of them fancy new microwhatsits until I was a teenager.

Oh, and Chef-boy-ar-dee is crap. Spaghetti-o's all the way!!
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I just realized I'm old. My mother used to pour the can into a saucepan and heat it on the stove! I don't think we had one of them fancy new microwhatsits until I was a teenager.

Oh, and Chef-boy-ar-dee is crap. Spaghetti-o's all the way!!
I tasted Spaghetti-o's once, which was enough for my entire life. My friends loved the stuff, so I had to try it. What an awful taste!
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:46 PM
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On a related note, I used to buy frozen Pizzeria Uno pizzas, until I realized each personal pizza was 3 servings. Who is really going to share that with 2 other people --you get it because you're single and don't feel like cooking!
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Good Lord, I hope the OP's "I always eat a whole can for a meal" means "I always eat a whole can when I eat Chef Boyardee for a meal" and not "I always eat a whole can of Chef Boyardee whenever I eat a meal."
Certainly that's how I do it when I (rarely) have a can. That's food-as-fuel stuff; dump it in a bowl, sprinkle some red pepper on it, nuke it and starvation is averted for another day.
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:33 PM
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Most canned stuff is listed as two servings. It's to fool people with calorie counts. You look at the back and say "Oh only 140 calories per serving" it's not that big of a can so chances are that this one can is a single serving in your eyes... but that colorie count is based on there somehow being 2 or more servings in that can.
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Most canned stuff is listed as two servings. It's to fool people with calorie counts. You look at the back and say "Oh only 140 calories per serving" it's not that big of a can so chances are that this one can is a single serving in your eyes... but that colorie count is based on there somehow being 2 or more servings in that can.
Food portions in general don't have much to do with reality in my opinion.
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Most canned stuff is listed as two servings.
I think the can of Rosarita refried beans I have in the fridge is 2-1/2 servings. (I guess I'm about 1/3 through it.)
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Beefaroni with a dash of tobasco. Yum!
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:55 PM
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I might eat the entire contents of a can, but I would never eat the whole can. Is that why I have an iron deficiency?
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Old 05-25-2010, 05:09 PM
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Most canned stuff is listed as two servings. It's to fool people with calorie counts. You look at the back and say "Oh only 140 calories per serving" it's not that big of a can so chances are that this one can is a single serving in your eyes... but that colorie count is based on there somehow being 2 or more servings in that can.
Yeah. It's mostly about trickery, I think. I wish we (in the USA) used the same nutrition labeling system that they used (probably still do) in the Netherlands when I lived there.

They simply give the nutrition information per 100 grams across the board-- no matter if its candy, soup, snacks, or potatoes. It's up to you to know about how many hundreds of grams you are going to consume, and there is no opportunity for manufacturers to dick around with serving size in order to confuse people into thinking they are eating healthily.
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Old 05-25-2010, 05:27 PM
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I tried Googling to find out how they come up with the serving sizes on food packages, and found these articles:
How do food companies determine "serving size"?
F.D.A. Weighs Update To Standard Serving Sizes
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Old 05-25-2010, 05:28 PM
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I never realized that cans had 2 servings... I feel a bit cheated. Back when I was heavier I used to count calories. Bastards.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:29 PM
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Mmmm...Chef Boyardee Ravioli, poured on a plate and nuked, sprinkled with Kraft Parmesan Cheese and the extra sauce sopped up with white bread...

Yeah, guilty. And I eat the whole can, too. Not the 10 or 12 ounce can (or whatever it is), but the bigger one.

We're having ravioli
Beef and macaroni
Ravioli's really neat
Ravioli's fun to eat, hurray!

(That's all I remember...)
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Old 05-26-2010, 10:04 PM
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I ate a can of Chef Raveolli (yes, I'm too lazy to look up the spelling) for dinner, with nuked veggies on the side. I got through about 60% of it.

Can't say I find it to be a quality meal, though. It's sitting a little weird with me. Guess that's why I don't eat it very often.
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Do they still make that white, worm-like "macaroni and cheese" product? I haven't bought a can of Boyardee in 20-25 years ( I just did the math and it's been that long?!), so I'm quite out of the loop. I remember that stuff being a bit sharp, but once you got over the somewhat alien-like nature of it, it was pretty great.
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:46 PM
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Does anyone actually divide up chef boyardee cans into 2 servings

No, the whole can goes in the trash.
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:45 AM
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Folks, there are only two proper ways to eat Boyardee.

First-- a bowl of the O's, with meatballs, in a corningware bowl covered with saran wrap, heated up in the new microwave by mom circa 1979.

Second-- Alone with a plastic fork, out of the can, over the sink and in a hurry 'cause you are late for work.
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Old 05-28-2010, 02:39 AM
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Chef Boyardee's website does not give easy access to nutritional information.

The first hit I get with nutritional information shows 36% of the RDA for sodium and 20% of the saturated fat. The serving portion is 1 can or 216 gms which is clearly not the size I ate when I was a kid. A 14.5 oz. can is twice that so watch out for that sodium.
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Serving sizes (and the sodium) is my beef with a lot of foods, too. My husband and I are counting calories, and there are far too many times I'm sitting down with a piece of paper and a calculator, trying to turn the serving size and calories on the label into something that relates to real life. My big peeve is when there is a natural serving size (like individually wrapped things), and they give the serving size in something OTHER than one individually wrapped portion. Now you're just being spiteful.

In a more related note, beefaroni was my husband's last meal before going into the hospital for emergency gall bladder surgery (I'll leave the relation between the two for your imagination). He made sure to get back on that horse when he got out, because he wasn't going to go through life afraid to eat dinner with the Chef. He's very dedicated to his processed, canned food.
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Old 05-28-2010, 11:10 AM
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First-- a bowl of the O's, with meatballs, in a corningware bowl covered with saran wrap, heated up in the new microwave by mom circa 1979.
Wow, that takes me back. Including the corningware.
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My mom's Corningware always went on top of the stove. Parents didn't get a microwave until I was out of the house for three years. '88ish or thereabouts-
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Old 05-28-2010, 11:27 AM
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When we were kids my sister begged our mother for Chef Boyardee for weeks, despite my repeated warnings that she'll regret it. Finally mom broke down and bought her a can, brought it home, heated it up and served it to my excited sister. She took one bite and immediately threw up. She started listening to me after that.
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:39 PM
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Every once in a great while I get a craving for the cheese ravioli with meatballs.
That's a great big rog.

This kind of food makes no emotional demands on you. It just lies there, simple, uncomplicated, unpretentious, asking nothing but to be allowed to comfort you for a few minutes... to coat your insides with a slippery substance of indeterminate composition. It's a food that gives but does not ask anything in return, not even chewing. It's unconditional love in a can.
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