Nutrition Action Healthletter
March 2000 — U.S. Edition 

Right Stuff vs. Food Porn.

Love Me Tenders
If it walks like a chicken and talks like a’s probably soy. At least that’s true for the new Boca Meatless Nuggets and Tenders.
   A serving of four Boca Nuggets (three ounces) has 180 calories and only six grams of fat — hardly any of it saturated or trans.
Eat the same number of chicken nuggets from McDonald’s and you end up with twice the fat — an estimated four of those 11 grams saturated or trans. Plus, the Bocas have nine grams of soy protein and four grams of fiber the chicken never owned. Sure, you can find other meatless nuggets in the freezer case. But Bocas have less sodium and more flavor.
   As for the Tenders, let them sit in your freezer until an evening when you have no time or inclination to cook. Then throw them on a grill or in a pan or microwave for a couple of minutes before sliding them between the halves of a crusty roll.
   Add lettuce, tomato, onion, or other garnish and a salad and ta-da! You can dig right in, knowing that by bun’s end, you will have swallowed three grams of fiber and 12 grams of the chickeniest cholesterol-lowering soy protein you’ve ever tasted.

Boca Burger:(954) 489-2770

Drop the Chalupa
Okay, so the Chihuahua’s adorable and the commercials deserve an award. But a pretty face and a clever story line only go so far.
   And that’s not nearly far enough to make Taco Bell Chalupas look good.
   The Chalupas’ guts are pretty much the same stuff Taco Bell’s been pushing for years: beef, chicken, or steak, with iceberg lettuce and cheese (that’s the Chalupa Classic), plus salsa (the Santa Fe), cheese sauce (the Baja), or tomato and sour cream (the Supreme).
   The gimmick is that each variety — with its own sauce — is stuffed in a piece of folded deep-fried flatbread that’s soft on the inside...which may describe what your coronary arteries will look like after you eat one.
   The Steak or Chicken Classic will do the least damage — 310 calories, almost 500 mg of sodium, and 16 grams of fat, four or five of them saturated. That’s “just” a quarter of a day’s sat fat...and it doesn’t even include any trans fat from the frying oil. The Beef Supreme delivers half a day’s sat fat.
   Pick up a Chalupa Value Meal for about four bucks and you’ll get two Chalupas, a hard-shell taco, and a large soda. You’ll also get 970 calories, 56 grams of fat, and 20 grams of sat fat.
   Is that a great drop-dead deal or what?

Taco Bell: (800) 822-6235.
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