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Patty Paradise
Bocca Breakfast PattiesLife is tough for the health-conscious breakfast-sausage- lover. Those sizzling, savory patties, oozing with what’s gotta be the most flavorful grease in the universe, can test the willpower of even the staunchest vegetarian. But how many arteries and waistlines can handle the 250 calories and 24 grams of fat (eight of them saturated) in, for example, two Jimmy Dean Regular Pork Sausage patties?

    If you find yourself getting weak in the knees at the thought of a good pan-fried sausage, take heart. The same folks who brought you those remarkably meat-like Boca Burgers have done it again. Close your eyes and you’ll swear that Boca Meatless Breakfast Patties are the real thing—same consistency, same flavor, yet half the calories and none of the sat fat. Eat two patties and you’ll end up with 160 calories, eight grams of good-for-your-heart unsaturated fat, and a nice dose of soy protein to help lower your cholesterol.

    Not to be outdone, Boca competitor Yves Veggie Cuisine, known for its smashing, bring-on-the-mustard- and-sauerkraut meatless weiners, has come out with its own version. Yves Veggie Breakfast Patties’ numbers are even better than Boca’s, and Yves is fortified with B-vitamins, zinc, and iron to match what you’d get in meat.

    Either way, you can’t lose...anything but some LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol and a few pounds, that is.
Market Flop
Arby's Market Fresh Sandwiches“Our line of deli-style sandwiches are loaded with everything you’d expect from your favorite deli, and nothing you’d expect from fast food,” says Arby’s of its new Market Fresh Sandwiches.

    Actually, the 780 calories, 40 grams of fat, 14 grams of saturated fat, and 1,690 milligrams of sodium in a Market Fresh Roast Beef & Swiss are exactly what you’d expect from fast food...bad fast food. Turns out those numbers are worse for your heart and your blood pressure than a Quarter Pounder plus a medium order of fries at McDonald’s.

    The Market Fresh Roast Ham & Swiss and Roast Chicken Caesar aren’t much better. The only one worth a try: the Roast Turkey & long as you get it Swiss-less.

    The bottom line: The major-league slather of mayonnaise might come from a “market” (as in “super”) and the generous serving of meat and extra-thick slice of cheese might be “fresh” (as in “not spoiled”), but if you think “Market Fresh” means “healthy,” turn the car around.

    If you don’t hit the brakes in time, try a Junior Roast Beef or Grilled Chicken Deluxe Sandwich from the regular menu. The only thing less “fresh” about them is the way they’re marketed.


Yves: (800) 667-9837.

Arby’s: (800) 272-9764.
Nutrition Action Healthletter Center for Science in the Public Interest October 2001 U.S. Edition Subscribe Today! Customer Service