Right Stuff vs. Food Porn

June 2011

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Right Stuff


Cottage cheese is one terrific food. It packs a wallop of protein (14 grams) into each 100-calorie half-cup serving. You’d be hard-pressed to find those numbers outside the used-to-be animal kingdom.

And you’ll get away with just 1½ grams of saturated fat in a perfectly creamy 2% cottage cheese. Find a hard cheese with so little sat fat and creamy doesn’t apply.

But cottage cheese has a problem. The sodium typically hovers around 400 milligrams—a quarter of a day’s worth—per half cup. Not so terrific. If you don’t like the taste of no-salt-added cottage cheese, you’re out of luck.

Until now.

Breakstone’s 30% Less Sodium Cottage Cheese tastes no different than regular cottage cheese. The brand, owned by food giant Kraft, isn’t available much beyond the East and Midwest. Too bad.

It looks like the company adds potassium citrate and potassium chloride to make up for the missing sodium chloride. That’s more good news, since all that potassium (420 mg per half cup) helps lower blood pressure. Talk about win-win.

And cottage cheese is easy to please. Top with fresh peaches, berries, bananas, melon, or any other fruit. Sprinkle on toasted almond slivers (or other nuts) or a few tablespoons of granola. Spread it on a thin rye cracker or whole-grain toast. Mix it into your scrambled eggs or pancake batter to add low-cholesterol protein.

The question: When will other brands get on the Breakstone’s bandwagon?

Breakstone’s: (800) 538-1998

Food Porn


“Bacon is magical,” intones Denny’s Web site. “Bacon transforms classic foods into colossally awesome ones...Bacon is king.”

Yup. Denny’s is observing a “celebration of Bacon” called “Baconalia!” (Sorry if you missed the party. In May, the chain couldn’t say how long it would continue.)

“Denny’s new Baconalia menu has seven new bacon dishes,” notes the Web site. “Like Bacon Flapjacks. A BBBLT. And for dessert, a Maple Bacon Sundae. Yum.”

Honestly, why hasn’t anyone thought of putting bacon on ice cream before? What a bunch of slackers must be running these chain restaurants. There they are, trying to slather cheese onto every sandwich, salad, steak, or pasta on the menu. Or they’re busy topping every dessert with ice cream, whipped cream, or both. But bacon? Brilliant.

The Maple Bacon Sundae starts with maple-flavored syrup, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a “generous sprinkle” of bacon. Remember when ice cream with syrup was already indulgent?

Then Denny’s adds another layer of syrup, more ice cream, more bacon, and more syrup. By the time they’re done layering, your midsection and artery walls are layered with 810 calories and 21 grams of saturated fat. And—unlike bacon- free sundaes—the Maple Bacon comes with a bonus: 460 milligrams of sodium.

What’s next? Sausage Shakes? Pork Belly Pecan Pie? Kielbasa Cake? Fat Back Banana Splits?

Denny’s: (800) 733-6697


Dish of the Month

Sesame Greens

Plunge 1 lb. dark green vegetable into boiling water until bright green and tender (from 15 seconds for spinach, watercress, or mustard greens to 2 minutes for broccoli, broccoli rabe, bok choy, or kale). Drain very well. Toss with 1 Tbs. toasted sesame oil, 1 Tbs. toasted sesame seeds, and 1 tsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce.

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