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THIS JUST IN
GOOD-FOR-YOU NEWS, CUES AND REVIEWS

MAC AND CHEESE

GREEN BEAN
CASSEROLE

THAT'S A
'LOW' BLOW

What's the healthier comfort food?

For years, health experts have been telling
us to read food labels. But before you even
get to the label, sneaky advertising claims
may be drawing us in.
Researchers recently looked at food
purchases made by more than 40,000 U.S.
households from 2008 to 2012 and found
that 13 percent of food and 35 percent of
drinks were marketed as having low or no
sugar, fat or salt. It's become common for
companies to print "low-fat," "low-calorie"
and "low-sodium" on products, but the
study found that many of these foods
were less nutritious than regular foods.
Bottom line? If food
packaging says
"low" anything,
compare against
the competition
before putting
it in your cart.

ANSWER: GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
While both these hearty foods make you feel good on a cold winter's
day, green bean casserole has the health edge over mac and cheese
when it comes to calories, saturated fat and carbs. The hard truth,
however, is that both these classics are high-fat affairs. Try these
comfort-food face-lifts.
Mac and cheese: Substitute skim milk and use only half the recommended butter (unsalted). Substitute whole-grain macaroni or sprinkle
steamed broccoli into the recipe to add fiber or crunch without a lot of
fat or calories.
Green bean casserole: Use low-fat cream of mushroom soup and
skim milk. Substitute raw onions for fried, and sprinkle whole-wheat
bread crumbs to create crunch.

WEBSITE

More (Healthy)
Mac and Cheese, Please
Think outside the box! Visit the Academy of Nutrition and
Dietetics at eatright.org and search "Better Mac and Cheese
Recipe" for a healthier variation of this favorite.

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