Sunday, June 26, 2011
"Excellent source of ALA Omega 3" declares the Land O'Lakes Margarine box. Who knew that Land O'Lakes stick margarine was so heart healthy? It isn't. Each tablespoon of the spread has 2-1/2 grams of trans fat (more than an entire day's limit) and 2 grams of saturated fat. And beware of other trans-filled sticks by Blue Bonnet, Parkay, Country Crock, Fleischmann's, and Imperial. At least those brands don't imply that a bit of ALA outweighs the harm caused by the margarine's trans and saturated fat. Shoppin tip: Look for tub margarines - most have little or no trans fat.
GOOD Garbanzo beans
All beans are good beans. They're rich in protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. But garbanzos stand out because they're so versatile. Just drain, rinse, and toss a handful on your green salad; throw them into vegetable stews, curries, and soups; mix them with brown rice, whole wheat couscous, bulgur, or other whole grains.