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Consumer advocate: In our nation, food packages must list the number

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Consumer advocate: In our nation, food packages must list the number of calories per food serving. But most of the serving sizes used are misleadingly small and should be updated. The serving sizes were set decades ago, when our nation's people typically ate smaller portions than they do today, and, as a result, people eating typical portions today consume more calories than the package labeling appears to indicate that they will. It is time package labeling reflected these changes.

Which of the following is the main point of the consumer advocate's argument?

A. The number of calories per serving listed on most food packages in the consumer advocate's nation is misleadingly small.

B. Most serving sizes used on food packages in the consumer advocate's nation should be increased to reflect today's typical portion sizes.

C. People eating typical portions today often consume far more calories than the number of calories per serving listed on food packages in the consumer advocate's nation.

D. The serving sizes used on food packages in the consumer advocate's nation were set when people ate smaller portions on average than they do today.

E. The use of misleadingly small serving sizes on food packages in the consumer advocate's nation probably leads many people to consume more calories than they otherwise would.


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Consumer advocate: In our nation, food packages must list the number of calories per food serving. But most of the serving sizes used are misleadingly small and should be updated. The serving sizes were set decades ago, when our nation's people typically ate smaller portions than they do today, and, as a result, people eating typical portions today consume more calories than the package labeling appears to indicate that they will. It is time package labeling reflected these changes.

Main point- It is time package labeling reflected these changes.

Which of the following is the main point of the consumer advocate's argument?

A. The number of calories per serving listed on most food packages in the consumer advocate's nation is misleadingly small.- incorrect, the number of calories per serving is not misleadingly small but most of the serving sizes used are and should be updated.

B. Most serving sizes used on food packages in the consumer advocate's nation should be increased to reflect today's typical portion sizes.- Correct

C. People eating typical portions today often consume far more calories than the number of calories per serving listed on food packages in the consumer advocate's nation.- incorrect, the argument states the change in serving portions in Advocate's nation's people from decades ago vs now

D. The serving sizes used on food packages in the consumer advocate's nation were set when people ate smaller portions on average than they do today.- incorrect, though this is a valid statement but it is not the main point

E. The use of misleadingly small serving sizes on food packages in the consumer advocate's nation probably leads many people to consume more calories than they otherwise would.- incorrect,

Answer B
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The most important thing to keep in mind while solving main point question is that, look for conclusion first.

Here the conclusion is that "most of the serving sizes used are misleadingly small and should be updated."

B accurately states the same and hence is the answer.
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Consumer advocate: In our nation, food packages must list the number of calories per food serving. But most of the serving sizes used are misleadingly small and should be updated. The serving sizes were set decades ago, when our nation's people typically ate smaller portions than they do today, and, as a result, people eating typical portions today consume more calories than the package labeling appears to indicate that they will. It is time package labeling reflected these changes.

Which of the following is the main point of the consumer advocate's argument?

A. The number of calories per serving listed on most food packages in the consumer advocate's nation is misleadingly small.

B. Most serving sizes used on food packages in the consumer advocate's nation should be increased to reflect today's typical portion sizes.

C. People eating typical portions today often consume far more calories than the number of calories per serving listed on food packages in the consumer advocate's nation.

D. The serving sizes used on food packages in the consumer advocate's nation were set when people ate smaller portions on average than they do today.

E. The use of misleadingly small serving sizes on food packages in the consumer advocate's nation probably leads many people to consume more calories than they otherwise would.


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Of the answer choices given, which one most accurately states the consumer advocate's main point, that is, the advocate's main conclusion?

We are told that nutritional information on food packages currently is outdated and misleading. That is, the serving sizes that these packages show tend to understate the calories people will consume because people now typically consume greater amounts than people did when the serving sizes were set decades ago.

The consumer advocate's main conclusion is to recommend that serving sizes be updated to reflect the changes in food-consumption trends.

A. The fact that serving sizes are misleadingly small is a premise of the argument rather than its conclusion.

B. Correct. This accurately expresses the consumer advocate's main conclusion.

C. The fact that people consume more calories per serving than the amount indicated on the packaging is a premise of the argument rather than its conclusion.

D. The fact that serving sizes were set during a time when people consumed smaller portions is a premise of the argument rather than its conclusion.

E. The fact that people consume more calories than they believe they consume because of misleading packaging is a premise of the argument rather than its conclusion.

The correct answer is B.
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gmatt1476 wrote:
Consumer advocate: In our nation, food packages must list the number of calories per food serving. But most of the serving sizes used are misleadingly small and should be updated. The serving sizes were set decades ago, when our nation's people typically ate smaller portions than they do today, and, as a result, people eating typical portions today consume more calories than the package labeling appears to indicate that they will. It is time package labeling reflected these changes.

Which of the following is the main point of the consumer advocate's argument?


In short we need to identify the conclusion of the argument
Conclusion - Serving sizes on the packages must be updated to reflect the typical portions of food consumed by people.

A. The number of calories per serving listed on most food packages in the consumer advocate's nation is misleadingly small.
- Wrong
The number of calories is not misleadingly small.
The incorrect sizes causes the number of calories to be small. Hence, the author focuses on portions

B. Most serving sizes used on food packages in the consumer advocate's nation should be increased to reflect today's typical portion sizes.
-Correct

C. People eating typical portions today often consume far more calories than the number of calories per serving listed on food packages in the consumer advocate's nation.
-Wrong
We can map the argument as:
Portions are small --> people typically consume far more calories --> Hence, we need to update the portion sizes

D. The serving sizes used on food packages in the consumer advocate's nation were set when people ate smaller portions on average than they do today.
-Wrong
This is an evidence used to support the final conclusion

E. The use of misleadingly small serving sizes on food packages in the consumer advocate's nation probably leads many people to consume more calories than they otherwise would.
- Wrong
The argument and reason for elimination is similar to choice C
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