Nutrition Action Healthletter
November 1999 — U.S. Edition

Right Stuff vs. Food Porn.

Leave it to Mickey D. The fast-food colossus has figured out how to make salads something you can eat on the run.
   Ever tried to spread dressing on the contents of a standard plastic salad container? Without a table, two hands, and a nimble fork, it’s a mess.
   McDonald’s new Salad Shakers stuff lettuce and other salad fixings into a tall cup-shaped plastic container with a clear dome lid. Add the dressing of your choice, shake, and dig in. No muss, no fuss.
   Just think of the possibilities: Instead of a large fries, you can get a side Caesar or Garden Salad. Instead of 450 calories and nearly half a day’s artery-clogging (saturated or trans) fat, you can get no more than 35 calories and little fat.
   But salads aren’t just sides. Instead of a Quarter Pounder with Cheese, try a Garden Salad, Chicken Caesar, or Chef Salad. Instead of 530 calories and more than half a day’s sat fat, you get 100 to 150 calories and no more than a fifth of a day’s dose.
   Granted, that doesn’t include the dressing. But McD’s offers a Fat Free Herb Vinaigrette (just 30 calories) that’s surprisingly tasty. Or try the Red French Reduced Calorie dressing (130 calories and hardly any sat fat).
   Now, how about some whole wheat breadsticks to make it a meal? Are you listening, Mickey?

McDonald’s: (630) 623-6198.

Which of the following will give you about 900 calories and two-thirds of a day’s artery- clogging fat?
   a) a Big Mac plus a small Chocolate Milk Shake at McDonald’s.
   b) a Denny’s Original Grand Slam breakfast.
   c) a Cinnabon Caramel Pecanbon.
   They all do.
   Surprised that a cinnamon roll can pack as much fat (41 grams) and as many calories as an entire 12 teaspoons (48 grams) of sugar? That’s what an independent lab reported when it analyzed samples of Cinnabon’s new Caramel Pecanbons that we purchased at malls in Kansas City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
   How can a cinnamon bun be so bad?
   To start with, it’s huge. Each one weighs in at half a pound. That’s at least three times the size of similar pastries sold by Pepperidge Farm and Sara Lee.
   And the friendly folks at Cinnabon are nice enough to slather margarine on the raw dough and to smear caramel frosting and pecan pieces on the bulging buns as they come out of the oven.
   The Pecanbon is so bad that it makes the original Cinnabon look good. And at 670 calories and 34 grams of fat (14 of them artery-clogging), that ain’t easy.

Cinnabon-(888) 288-7655.
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