Would you like a pat of fat with that?

Consumer Reports News: August 03, 2011 03:08 PM

You wouldn’t consider putting almost four pats of butter on your salad but that’s about what you’d be doing if you poured two tablespoons of Brianna’s Home Style Zesty French Dressing over your greens. Fats hide in some of the foods we eat everyday and you may be surprised to learn how much. Consumer Reports determined the fat content of 10 popular foods and most had more than a glass of milk.

The most fat-laden food in our report was Marie Callender’s Roasted Garlic Chicken, which was loaded with 17 grams. (Someone who eats a diet of 2,000 calories a day should consume less than 65 grams of fat.) Even foods that sounded healthy such as vegetable chips, granola and trail mix were packed with fat.

To avoid such foods, read the Nutrition Facts and ingredient labels, and don't make assumptions—that red pasta sauce might have almost as much fat as Alfredo. Here are some other telltale signs:

  • The words "crispy," "creamy," and "tempura" are synonyms for relatively high fat content.
  • Salads served in deep-fried shells or topped with cheese, creamy dressing, croutons, or breaded, fried chicken are high in fat.
  • Specialty coffee drinks can have more fat than a doughnut so order them with fat-free or low-fat milk.

Mary H.J. Farrell

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