Nutrition Action Healthletter
Center for Science in the Public InterestJuly/August 2000 — U.S. Edition 
Right StuffFood Porn
An Ideal for You

“Ideal for vegetarians or anyone interested in a healthy lifestyle,” says the label. Make that “or anyone interested in easy-to-cook, easy-to eat, simply delicious food.”

   Veggie Patch’s Spinach, Broccoli, Corn, and Chick’n VeggieNuggets look like chicken nuggets from the outside. The Chick’n VeggieNuggets also taste like them on the inside, while the other three flavors could pass for hors d’oeuvres at an elegant party.

   Our favorite was the Spinach. Swallow five crispy-on-the-outside, dead-ringers-for- spanakopita-on-the-inside mouthfuls and you won’t think about the 160 calories, 370 milligrams of sodium, and five grams of fat (only one saturated). Nor will you wonder how they manage to supply 30 percent of a day’s worth of vitamin A and a healthy dose of lutein, the carotenoid that may protect your eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration. (That’s spinach for you.)

   Instead, you’ll wonder (a) how to also get your hands on the company’s Chick’n VeggieCutlets or Veggitinos veggie meatballs (also delicious; just not as nutrient-packed) and (b) why no one ever thought of this before... vegetables plus soy protein, onions, a little oil, egg whites, and some flavorings, all refrigerated and ready to be baked, sautéed, or microwaved.

   What a VeggiGreat idea.

Veggie Patch: 1-888-MY-VEGGIES
Magnum P.U.

Have we got the perfect snack for you... perfect for right after that T-bone steak and onion rings and right before that big cigar.

   Open the wrapper of a Breyers Magnum Bar and get ready for five minutes of frozen pleasure. Feel the real cream in the ice cream as it coats your mouth. Taste the coconut oil and palm oil in the two chocolate coatings that cover the ice cream and sandwich the thin layer of Soft Strawberry or Soft Caramel.

   And make sure you pucker your lips, because with each bite you’ll be kissing your daily fat and saturated fat quotas goodbye.

Each Magnum has just over 20 grams of total fat. That’s not the end of the world (although downing almost a third of a day’s fat in just one four-ounce ice cream bar does seem a little much). It’s the 14 or 15 grams of saturated fat — more than you’ll get from a five-ounce Klondike Bar — that put them in steak-and-stogie territory.

   To your poor coronary arteries, a Magnum looks like a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese Translation: three-quarters of a day’s sat fat.

   Eat the burger plus the Magnum and... we don’t know how good you are with fractions, but trust us: when it comes to bad fat, three-quarters plus three-quarters ain’t good.

Good Humor—Breyers: (920) 499-5151.
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