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Soy Nuts to You

Soy nuts aren’t nuts. They’re better than nuts.

    They have a seductive, peanut-like taste, but with about 25 percent less calories, a third more protein, and twice the fiber of peanuts.

    A one-ounce serving (1/4 cup) of Mighty Mo Munchies, for example, averages 120 calories, four grams of fat (three of them the good, unsaturated kind), and 170 milligrams of sodium. It also supplies ten grams of protein (about a quarter of a day’s worth) and an impressive six grams of fiber—what you’d get in about three slices of whole-wheat bread.

    Soy nuts are about as simple as a snack can get. They’re soybeans that have been roasted and (often) flavored. Mighty Mo Munchies, for example, come in Cajun, Ranch (our favorite), Unsalted, and Original. Eat them right out of the bag, toss them on a salad, or sprinkle them over a baked potato.

    Just ignore all the “cancer-fighting,” “osteoporosis-fighting,” “stamina-increasing” hype on the packages. That’s Mighty Mo’s department talking (but apparently not its legal department, since the claims seem to be illegal). Soy does lower cholesterol, so that claim’s okay.

    Mighty Mos are only the tip of the roasted-soybean iceberg. Try So Soya+ or one of the smaller regional brands. You’ll be soy glad you did.
Slacker Cracker

Cruelty to animals. That’s what Keebler ought to be charged with.

    Animal crackers have been a popular snack for kids—of both the little and adult variety—for decades. They may not be as nutritious as a piece of fruit, but they’re not loaded with saturated fat and sugar, like many cookies.

    So how could 15 cute little Keebler Frosted Animal Crackers end up with more sat fat than a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder and more sugar than a Hershey’s Chocolate Bar? Check the back of the bag. The second ingredient (sugar is first) is “partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed and/or palm oils.” ‘Nuf said.

    A single-serve, two-ounce bag delivers 290 calories, nine grams of saturated fat, and 28 grams (seven teaspoons) of tooth-decaying sugar. That’s twice the sugar—and six times the sat fat—you’d get in the same-size box of Ernie’s Animal Crackers, which is Keebler’s frost-free version.

    If Keebler wanted to be honest about its Frosted Animal Crackers, it would replace those lions and elephants and hippos and bears with sharks and rattlesnakes and scorpions and black widows.

Mighty Mo Munchies: (800) 762-1384.
So Soya+: (416) 293-6555.

Keebler: (877) 453-5837.
Nutrition Action Healthletter Center for Science in the Public Interest November 2001 U.S. Edition Subscribe Today! Customer Service