Nutrition Action Healthletter
September 1999 — U.S. Edition

Right Stuff vs. Food Porn.
G E T   T H E   M U N C H E E S

Health is Wealth’s Tofu Munchees sound too silly for words—little whole-wheat pillows that are stuffed with organic tofu cheese and broccoli or spinach. Don’t laugh.
   Pop them in the oven and these mini egg rolls turn into delicious “cheesy” centers surrounded by decadent I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-deep-fried crust.
   Six Broccoli Tofu Munchees have just five grams of fat (none of them saturated), 140 milligrams of sodium, 160 calories, and three grams of fiber. (The box lists two Munchees-1 oz.-as a serving, but you could easily eat six. That would match the 3-oz. serving listed by other munchie-type makers.) The Spinach Tofu Munchees have a bit more sat fat (one gram) and sodium (320 mg).
   The company’s seven other Munchees—including Burrito, Pizza Tofu, and Veggie—also come wrapped in whole (or mostly whole) wheat crusts. And while they have too much sodium for us to recommend, they’re worlds better than most of the competition. Totino’s Pizza Rolls and La Choy Mini Egg Roll Munchers, for example, average about twice as much fat and sat fat.
   So when you get the munchies, head for the Munchees.

Health is Wealth—(609) 728-1998.
T H E   H O L E   T R U T H

The bagels in McDonald’s three new Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches—like just about any bagels—are low in fat. It’s the toppings that turn them into potentially lethal weapons.
   The Ham, Egg, & Cheese Bagel piles shaved ham, egg, and a couple of slices of American cheese on a buttered bagel with “breakfast sauce” (souped-up mayonnaise). Half a day’s saturated fat (nine grams) and sodium (1,530 mg) and a button-popping 550 calories...and you haven’t even made it to work yet.
   The Steak, Egg, & Cheese Bagel is about as bad, but it’s the Spanish Omelet Bagel that’ll have your heart begging for mercy—690 calories, 39 grams of fat (14 of them saturated), 280 mg of cholesterol, and 1,560 mg of sodium. To your arteries those numbers look like an Egg McMuffin plus a Sausage Biscuit. If you want to have breakfast under the Golden Arches, try the cereal with 1% milk, a bagel or English muffin with jam, an order of hotcakes with syrup, or a low-fat apple-bran muffin.
   The Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches aren’t available in every McDonald’s. They’re being test-marketed in “only” 6,000 of the company’s 12,500 outlets.
   What a McShame.

McDonald’s—(630) 623-3000.
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