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# The snack food market has recently seen an explosion in the

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27 Jul 2016, 03:09
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C ) In several studies , subjects who ate a 100 – calorie pack of a given snack felt the same reduction in appetite , after 30 minutes , as those who traditionally sized portion of the same snack .

The correct answer choice should support one of the explanations and oppose the other. The two explanations are:
1. Convenience of not having to measure.
2. Appealing look and feel of the pack.

Now do you think C could be correct?

(not revealing answer choice or explanation before the scheduled date of publishing of answer.)

I think E should be the answer because it supports the explanation regarding the measured intake of calories and opposes the second explanation.
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27 Jul 2016, 07:22
C looks good enough. If the 100 calories pack is making people content their hunger than they are ready to pay for it more than the traditional snack as it helps them control their diet. And if this happens that means first reason i. e concerned about their own portions is not really the priority of consumers. They eat to satiate their hungers

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27 Jul 2016, 10:55
B. Sales of 100-calorie packs for nuts such as almonds and cashews , which are so nutrient- dense that such packs contain only ten to twelve nuts on average , have been extremely poor and have remained so even as the sales of other 100-calorie packs have exploded.

B seems to be correct
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27 Jul 2016, 11:11
B is talking about the sales of just one type of food items. How can we make a judgement based on such a narrow sample. It might be the case that some other food item has dense nutrients and less less qty but still sales are high. so it should be C

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12 Aug 2016, 07:39
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B is talking about the sales of just one type of food items. How can we make a judgement based on such a narrow sample. It might be the case that some other food item has dense nutrients and less less qty but still sales are high. so it should be C

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Let's say there are two hypothesis A & B. As a scientist, you know that either A is true, or B true. Both can not be true. Now you have to check which one is wrong, and which one right.

what will you do. You will keep checking it till you get wrong result for one of it. Once you find it, you know that other one is true.
Now consumers either by these packets

1. Convenience : - measurement convenience
2. will power. You know you want to lose weight but you don't have will power so what will you do. Size look substantial but calory wise it's good.

Now what B does it gives you to reject the reason 1st. if it is convenience than 100 calorie pack sales of nuts would be good. but they are not doing good. And it strengthen the idea it is weight effect. bcoz nuts are healthy so people buy all kind of packets for that. ("substantial" effect doesn't matter in this case) and that is why they are not selling as much as people in this case wants more and not less.
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13 Jun 2017, 08:14
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B is talking about the sales of just one type of food items. How can we make a judgement based on such a narrow sample. It might be the case that some other food item has dense nutrients and less less qty but still sales are high. so it should be C

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Question wants us to pick an option that undermines 1 explanation and supports the other one. B is supporting Exp 2 and undermining Exp 1.

1. Convenience - Because people buy the new snack rather than just 10 to 12 nuts to fulfill 100C quota, they are not concerned about the convenience.

2. Even if B talks about only 1 type of food item, it is correct because of 2 major reasons..

a) Every other option is going on a tangent. They are nowhere close to the desired answer.
b) Since we do not know the ingredients of the snack, we are not bound to make a generalized statement to include every food item. Quite possibly, even the snack contains only 2 or 3 different nuts.
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13 Jun 2017, 14:11
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The snack food market has recently seen an explosion in the production and sales of "100- Calorie packs," individually wrapped portions of snack foods sized to provide exactly 100 calories per portion. These packs cost substantially more per ounce-they sell for nearly same price as traditionally sized portions, which are typically two to three times their size - but consumers have been purchasing them with greater and greater frequency. One possible explanation is convenience: Consumers may be relatively unconcerned with their subjective impression of the small packs, and willing to pay more to avoid having to measure out their portions. Another possible explanation is that 100- calorie pack, at least in the case of snacks for which it has sold well, represents the smallest portion that still looks and feels "substantial" enough to appeal to dieters who lack the self control to limit their consumption of snacks from larger packages.

Which of the following, if true, would support one of the given explanation and undermine the other?

A. A substantial percentage of the market for 100-calorie packs consists of parents who put them into their children’s school lunches .

B. Sales of 100-calorie packs for nuts such as almonds and cashews , which are so nutrient- dense that such packs contain only ten to twelve nuts on average , have been extremely poor and have remained so even as the sales of other 100-calorie packs have exploded.

C. In several studies , subjects who ate a 100 – calorie pack of a given snack felt the same reduction in appetite , after 30 minutes , as those who traditionally sized portion of the same snack .

D . Because the 100-calorie portions are individually wrapped , they will not go stale or spoil before consumers can eat them .

E . Manufacturers seal air into the packages along with the snacks , both to protect the snacks from being crushed and to make the packs appear larger .

I would go with B,

The two explanation are:

1) Convenience, People like the idea that the packs are already measured so they don't have to.
2) Dieters who lack self control, They like the fact that the packs are small yet substantial enough so they don't binge on the larger packs.

Now only option B talks about both the explanations
The first part says despite being nutrient rich the packs of nuts are not selling well enough - undermines the 2nd explanation (usually dieters prefer nutrient rich food).
The second part says that the sales of other 100 calorie packs exploded. - Supports the first explanation.

Hope it makes sense.
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13 Jun 2017, 18:56
I cannot comprehend why Option B is a best choice
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26 Jul 2017, 09:59
Answer choice B strengthens the second explanation as per which people eat 100 calorie packs because they think it will not be as unhealthy as larger packs due to its smaller size, but can still be substantially filling. It weakens the first explanation because if the former were true then both nut packs and other calorie packs sales would be good.
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26 Jul 2017, 23:03
If option B strengthened the 2nd explanation, sales of 100-calorie packs for nuts might have been increased, but it did not happened. So, how the answer be B?
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26 Jul 2017, 23:26
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31 Oct 2017, 21:39
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The snack food market has recently seen an explosion in the production and sales of "100- Calorie packs," individually wrapped portions of snack foods sized to provide exactly 100 calories per portion. These packs cost substantially more per ounce-they sell for nearly same price as traditionally sized portions, which are typically two to three times their size - but consumers have been purchasing them with greater and greater frequency. One possible explanation is convenience: Consumers may be relatively unconcerned with their subjective impression of the small packs, and willing to pay more to avoid having to measure out their portions. Another possible explanation is that 100- calorie pack, at least in the case of snacks for which it has sold well, represents the smallest portion that still looks and feels "substantial" enough to appeal to dieters who lack the self control to limit their consumption of snacks from larger packages.

Which of the following, if true, would support one of the given explanation and undermine the other?

A. A substantial percentage of the market for 100-calorie packs consists of parents who put them into their children’s school lunches .

B. Sales of 100-calorie packs for nuts such as almonds and cashews , which are so nutrient- dense that such packs contain only ten to twelve nuts on average , have been extremely poor and have remained so even as the sales of other 100-calorie packs have exploded.

C. In several studies , subjects who ate a 100 – calorie pack of a given snack felt the same reduction in appetite , after 30 minutes , as those who traditionally sized portion of the same snack .

D . Because the 100-calorie portions are individually wrapped , they will not go stale or spoil before consumers can eat them .

E . Manufacturers seal air into the packages along with the snacks , both to protect the snacks from being crushed and to make the packs appear larger .

Hi Skywalker18,
Can u kindly explain me the portion of the premise stated below-
One possible explanation is convenience: Consumers may be relatively unconcerned with their subjective impression of the small packs, and willing to pay more to avoid having to measure out their portions.
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