Nutrition Action Healthletter
April 1999 — U.S. Edition


It’s the original comfort food. But the fat and salt in macaroni and cheese give little comfort to your poor heart. Enter Annie’s Homegrown, a small Connecticut company with a line of mac and cheese that’s good for the body and the soul.
   Every cup of Annie’s delicious creamy Whole Wheat Shells & Cheddar packs all of the whole grain’s vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and fiber (six grams). And the whole wheat’s organic. Follow the directions on the box and a cup of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese will get you but one gram of fiber...along with five times more fat and nearly twice the sodium.
   If you’re not ready to make the leap to 100 percent whole-grain, try mixing Annie’s Whole Wheat Shells & Cheddar half and half with one of her nine other (non-whole-grain) flavors. Our favorites were the Shells and Cheddar and the Mild Mexican. Compared to most other macaroni and cheese mixes, you’ll get less salt, less fat, and no artificial colors.
   All that and the satisfying taste of real homemade food. What more could you ask for? The way we figure it, unless you¹ve got a thing for neon-orange pasta, there’s no reason not to give Annie a whirl.

Annie’s Homegrown—(707) 782-1085

Pretzels aren’t the healthiest snack. They’re no match for fruits and vegetables and they’re often loaded with salt. But at least you could always count on them to be low in fat and sugar. That is, until Nestlé launched its Pretzel Flipz.
   The White Fudge or Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels manage to combine saturated fat and sugar into an innocent-looking snack. Just nine of the tiny White Fudge Flipz supply six grams of fat, five of which will head straight for your coronary arteries. That’s a quarter of your day’s sat fat quota.
   What to blame it on? Look no further than the fractionated palm kernel oil and hydrogenated palm oil.
   That’s worse than what you’ll find in the Milk Chocolate Flipz, which also have six grams of fat. But they’re made with cocoa butter instead of palm oils, which means “only” 31/2 grams of sat fat—the same as you’d get from a McDonald’s Hamburger.
   Why blow a sixth to a quarter of a day’s saturated fat on eight or nine mini pretzels, which may not be enough to whet some appetites?
   “So completely irresistible you’ll make up excuses to eat 'em,” says the back of the bag.
   Don’t rack your brain.

Nestlé—(800) 258-6728
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