Nutrition Action Healthletter
Center for Science in the Public InterestSeptember 2000 — U.S. Edition 
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Sandwiches have just gotten a whole lot more interesting, thanks to Ak-Mak Country Style “Whole of the Wheat” Cracker Bread. You remember Ak-Mak — they make those crunchy sesame-topped whole-wheat crackers.[Picture]

   Well, they’ve taken pretty much the same ingredients and made them into large sheets of flat bread that can be stored in the cupboard and used as needed. All it takes is a few seconds under the cold water tap on each side, five minutes in a zip-top plastic bag, and the bread is soft and ready to go.

   Go where? We topped a sheet of Ak-Mak with Fat Free Philadelphia Garden Vegetable cream cheese, sliced red pepper, avocado, and sun-dried tomatoes, then rolled it into a “log” and sliced it into three sandwiches. Just about any veggies will do, as would a nice bean spread.

   For your next party, cut a stuffed log into tidy debonair finger sandwiches, or turn a sheet of the cracker bread into a whole-wheat pizza crust.

   Besides great taste, you’ll get three grams of fiber — three times as much as two thin slices of white bread — in each third of a sheet. And thanks to the whole wheat, you’ll also be getting the vitamins E and B-6, chromium, copper, and phytochemicals that are milled away when flour is refined.

   Kids will love the Cracker Bread too. Just be prepared to let them do the water thing.

Ak-Mak: (559) 875-5511.
Once an occasional summertime treat, the chocolate-dipped ice cream cone — with its delicate shell and its waxy snap — can now be yours whenever the impulse strikes.

   Who to thank? The folks at Hershey’s and Smucker’s. Their Shells — plastic squeeze bottles of toppings like Chocolate Fudge, Reese’s, and Cookie Dough Crunch — harden as the goo hits the cold ice cream. As you sit and watch yours coagulate, think of the blood in the arteries that feed your heart.

   The only way to make the sweet, shiny coating stiffen is to pump it up with a fat that’s solid at room temperature. The best candidate: coconut oil, the most heavily saturated fat. It gives each two-tablespoon serving six to eight grams of sat fat — a third of your daily limit. And don’t forget the ice cream underneath; a cup of basic vanilla adds ten more grams of sat fat.

   Congratulations. Your arteries will think you’ve just polished off the equivalent of a Big Mac plus two Hamburgers at McDonald’s. And that’s if you stick to two tablespoons. The Shells’ squeeze bottles make it easy to over-squirt.

   When you have the urge for something cold, creamy, and chocolate, top some low-fat ice cream with Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, which is fat-free. It may not be a double dip — but it’s not a double bypass either.

Hershey: (800) 468-1714.
J.M. Smucker: (888) 550-9555.
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