Food, Fat and Calories

March 6, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
With so much information available on nutrition, you might feel pretty confident you're making healthy choices. But especially when you eat out, it's not always easy to spot the food with less fat and calories.If your goal is to stay in shape even if you eat on the run, it can be a real challenge.

A Consumer Reports' food quiz finds what looks like a healthier choice may not be.

For instance, which would you say has more fat and calories: three Big Macs or Uno's deep-dish individual mushroom pizza?

Uno's web site shows the deep-dish individual mushroom pizza has 2,070 calories and 159 grams of fat, versus three Big Macs' that total 1,620 calories and 87 grams of fat.

Maxine Siegel, Consumer Reports, says "People need to pay attention to serving size. On Uno's web site, the information says that an individual pizza is actually three servings."

Next: Wendy's large chili versus Wendy's chicken and BLT salad with croutons and honey mustard dressing.

The chili only has 330 calories and 9 grams of fat, while the salad has 650 calories and 44 grams of fat. Wow!

Finally, this breakfast stumper: which has more fat and calories, a Krispy Kreme chocolate iced doughnut with sprinkles or a Dunkin' Donuts corn muffin?

The corn muffin has 510 calories and 18 grams of fat, far more than the doughnut's 270 calories and 12 grams of fat.

"People shouldn't always make the assumption they know the healthier choice. Very often the chain restaurants will have the nutritional information right there or they can check it out online on the web site," says Siegel.

There are some easy rules of thumb that can help you reduce fat and calories. For salads, get the dressing on the side and limit toppings. And avoid super-sizing your meals. They may seem like a good value, but the extra calories and fat are no deal at all!


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