One missing cracker makes a lot of difference

I got excited when I saw these!

Delicious Club Crackers! I love them. But I struggle to limit how many I eat in one sitting. They are so good – it’s easy to eat a lot of them. I’m only slightly embarrassed to admit that I can easily enjoy a whole sleeve of club crackers in a bowl of soup unless I put countermeasures in place. And I’m talking about the regular full-size sleeve of crackers, not the little Snack Stacks pictured here.

When I talk about putting countermeasures in place, Snack Stacks are (almost) a great example. Instead of depending on my self-control to limit how many crackers I eat, I can lean on these smaller packages to help. Or so I thought.

The Nutrition Facts label (1 serving = 4 crackers) next to a Snack Stack which contains 19 crackers (not evenly divisible by 4).
Serving size = 4 crackers. Snack Stacks have 19 crackers. Ugh!

You know the drill. It looks like there are four crackers per serving. Each serving has nine grams of carbs in it. Math time. What are the chances that the number of crackers in this slick new Snack Stacks package would be evenly divisible by four? That would make so much sense. One, two, three, four, … seventeen, eighteen, nineteen. Nineteen crackers. Nineteen? Sixteen works. Twenty works. But nineteen? That number makes my diabetes math so much more complicated. Ugh!

It frustrates me and almost undoes the convenience of the smaller package. If I have to pull out a calculator or feed three crackers to my wife’s diaper dogs (different story for a different day) to ease my diabetes math, I might as well go back to the full-size sleeves and rely on self-control.

Or maybe I’m the only one who struggles with simple math (or hates when diabetes math could be simple but isn’t)? Or the urge to devour delicious carbohydrates by the sleeve rather than the serving size?

Is it just me?

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, and advocate. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of my employer.

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