Thursday, June 03, 2010
I know you should read labels and I thought I did. But on two occasions recently I found surprises, not of the good kind.
Pillsbury Grands Fat Reduced Whole Wheat biscuits that come in a refrigerated can are what I tried to get my husband to buy for some time. He likes good southern white biscuits, but mine aren't as good as his mothers. And I prefer whole wheat. And reduced fat. Finally he learned to like the Pillsbury Grands Fat Reduced Whole Wheat. And then I looked at the label carefully --- oh, no, trans fat. I usually eat 1/2 a biscuit, but my hubby usually eats 2 or 3. One biscuit is 170 calories, 45 calories from fat, 5 grams total fat, with 1 gram saturated fat which isn't good, but then 2.5 grams of trans fat, which is terrible. Here I thought I was pushing a healthier option. Darn. He won't want to change again.
I looked carefully at the canned Del Monte Diced Tomatoes No Salt Added. The ingredients are tomatoes, tomato juice, calcium chloride, and citric acid. Not bad. One half cup serving is 25 calories. It has 300 mg of potassium, 2 grams fiber, and 4 grams of sugar. Then I looked at the Del Monte Diced Tomatoes Basil, Garlic, and Oregano No Salt Added: tomatoes, tomato juice, high fructose corn syrup, garlic powder, spices, onion powder, calcium chloride, citric acid, and natural flavor. One half cup is 50 calories, twice the amount of the unflavored variety. It has 1 gram fiber (half) and 8 grams sugar (twice). It has 125 mg potassium (less than half). I have been using the flavored tomatoes to mix half and half with spaghetti sauce to reduce my sodium. I will now use the unspiced variety and add my own spices. I had just assumed that the spiced variety was the same, only with spices.
Even when you think you know, be sure to read the label. Have a happy, healthy day, SparkFriends!