Shopping at Trader Joe’s Using the 3/20 Rule

Shopping at Trader Joe's Using the 320 Rule


I’ve been listening to the I’m Too Busy for Nutrition podcast. which say the only carbs you should eat are ones that have a ratio of 3g fiber/20 g carbohydrates — and gave some compelling reasons why.

So I decided to head to Trader Joe’s (where all their food is healthy, right?) and read some labels to see what followed that rule and what didn’t. This is just a small sample of what I found.


The Good

These are some of the foods that passed the 3/20 rule:

Blueberry wheat bran muffins

Blueberry wheat bran muffins


Veggie Flaxseed tortilla chips

Veggie Flaxseed tortilla chips at Trader Joes


Original Puffins Cereal

Original Puffins Cereal


Dark Chocolate bar

Dark Chocolate bar — huh, how about that!


The Bad

These were just a few items that didn’t pass the test:

This Fig Walks into a Bar from Trader Joe's

Fruit and Cereal Bars — darn, the kids always liked these


vanilla almond Granola at Trader Joes'

Vanilla Almond Granola — WAAAHH, one of my favorites!


Peanut Butter Puffins

The Original Puffins passed the test, but these Peanut Butter Puffins don’t!


Interesting, huh?

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