Nutrition Action Healthletter
Center for Science in the Public InterestJune 2000 — U.S. Edition 

Right StuffFood Porn
Chili Con Carton

Our food comes wrapped in plastic trays, cans, boxes, bags, jars, and foil. Now Taste Adventure is recycling an old-fashioned package. Its Mildly Spicy Low Fat Black Bean, Lentil, Red Bean, and 5 Bean Chilies come in what look like pint-sized milk cartons.
   Your job? Pour the dried ingredients into a sauce pan, add two cups of water, boil, simmer, and (ten minutes later) eat.
   One bite and you won’t be surprised that the label says “100% Natural, No Gums, Fillers, or Preservatives, No Animal Products, No MSG, No Added Fats or Oils.” It’s mostly precooked lentils or beans, plus textured soy flour, tomatoes, chili and bell peppers, herbs, and spices.
   And it’s nutrient-packed. Each one-cup serving has about 240 calories, 1½ grams of fat (none saturated), an incredible 11 to 18 grams of fiber, 17 to 19 grams of protein, 30 percent of a day’s iron, and at least 40 percent of a day’s vitamin A and vitamin C. (At 480 to 500 milligrams per serving, sodium isn’t low...unless you compare it to other chilies.)
   Add a salad and fresh fruit and you can enjoy the warm weather outside... not in your kitchen.

Taste Adventure: (800) 874-0883.
Club Fed Up

Burger King has done it again.
   Not content to sell the unhealthiest fries, the unhealthiest grilled and fried chicken sandwiches, and one of the unhealthiest burgers in the known fast-food universe, BK couldn’t rest until it dreamed up another disaster.
   The company’s Chicken Club is nothing more than its fried chicken sandwich‹a slab of fried chicken with some shredded lettuce and a big slather of mayo — plus a few strips of limp bacon and a couple of slices of tomato. If your life insurance is paid up, you can ask for it with cheese. But even cheese-less, this baby packs 700 calories, 44 grams of fat (nine of them saturated), and 1,300 milligrams of sodium. And those numbers don’t include the trans fat from the shortening in the King’s deep fryer.
   Instead, try a McDonald’s Chicken McGrill (without mayo). It’s got 340 calories, seven grams of fat, and 890 mg of sodium. Add a packet of light mayo — if you can find one — and the fat rises to just 11 grams. And Burger King’s own BK Broiler without the mayo will set you back just nine grams.
   The bottom line: You’d be better off with just about any grilled or broiled chicken sandwich from anywhere.

Burger King: (305) 378-3535.
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