Nutrition Action Healthletter
Center for Science in the Public Interest June 2001 — U.S. Edition 
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Heck of a Hummus
Looking for something different to pair with your pita? Spread on your bread? Zip up your dip? Then you’re looking for a flavored hummus like Athenos.

   Hummus—puréed chickpeas, tahini (sesame butter), lemon juice, and olive oil—is a great snack. You can scoop it up with pita, smear it on a sandwich or bagel, or use it as a dip for sliced bell peppers, carrots, celery, raw broccoli, tortilla chips, whole-wheat crackers, whatever.

   Athenos has given the Middle Eastern spread a facelift by adding touches like black olives, roasted red peppers, garlic, scallions, and dill.

   We loved the Spicy Three Pepper, the pungent Roasted Eggplant, and the zingy Pesto. But the other six varieties are no slouches in the flavor department either.

   Two tablespoons—enough to coat a bagel—supply around 50 calories and four grams of fat, almost all of it unsaturated. (That much peanut butter would cost you 190 calories and 16 grams of fat.)

   Athenos isn’t the only company that’s got a handle on hummus. Check your supermarket’s refrigerated deli case for delicious flavored hummuses by brands like Cedar’s and Tribe of Two Sheiks.

Athenos (Kraft): (800) 343-1976
Cake on Steroids
No one walks into The Cheesecake Factory expecting to get a low-calorie dessert. But who’d ever suspect that one slice—repeat, one slice—of the Factory’s Carrot Cake has 1,560 calories?

   Note: The average adult needs about 2,000 calories in an entire day. Is The Cheesecake Factory in cahoots with Lane Bryant or what?

   The Factory’s Black Out, Amy’s Fudge, and Fabulous Chocolate Mousse cakes are in the same ballpark (the one with new, oversized seats, that is). A slice of each has approximately 1,400 calories. That makes a slice of the Original Cheesecake, at “only” 710 calories, look like a bargain.

   It’s not just the ingredients that make these cakes hip-huggers. The corn oil, cream cheese, eggs, butter, palm kernel oil, butterfat, and hydrogenated palm oil explain why a slice of the Carrot Cake has 84 grams of fat, 23 of them saturated. (Memo to diners not taking cholesterol-lowering drugs: That’s more than a day’s worth of sat fat.)

   It’s also the sheer size of the cakes that makes them stick to your ribs (and thighs, abs, and hips). A slice of each six-inch-high layer cake weighs almost a pound, for goodness sakes. “Indulgent”? Only if that’s how you’d describe eating three McDonalds Quarter Pounders for dessert.

The Cheesecake Factory: (818) 871-3000
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