From the front of the box, Cedarlanes Mediterranean Stuffed Focaccia (foe-KAH-chee-uh) looks like a real find. The frozen Light Italian Bread Stuffed with Spinach, Feta Cheese & Mushroom Filling is all natural, vegetarian, and made with organic flour and spinach.
Its stuffed, all right... with nearly half a days saturated fat. In a classic Mediterranean diet, cheese is used sparingly, in meals built around a base of fruits, vegetables, grains, and fish. For most Americans, getting a wallop of sat fat in half of what looks like a modest-sized single-serving pizza just adds insult to the injury caused by dozens of other sat-fat-filled, calorie-dense foods.
Assuming you stop at half, your light Italian bread delivers 410 calories and 14 grams of fat (eight of them saturated), plus 670 mg of sodium (more than a quarter of a days worth). If half a Mediterranean Stuffed Focaccia is light, so is a cup of ice cream or a slice of Pizza Hut Big New Yorker pepperoni pizza.
Cedarlane also makes two other flavors by stuffing the same Italian bread with a tomato and cheese filling (Italian) or with tomatoes, basil, garlic, and mozzarella (Roma Tomato & Basil). Either will make your artery walls look like the inside of a focaccia.
Cedarlanes Focaccias may be natural, but so is lard. That doesnt make it good for you.