Shop Smart: Cut the sneaky fat with smart food swaps

February 26, 2012 12:01 am

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Fats can be sneaky -- they lurk in lots of everyday, packaged food items and can put people at risk for heart disease and other health issues. ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, recently found some popular packaged goods that are surprisingly high in fat and suggested low-fat swaps for each.

"Just because beach weather is over doesn't mean that people are ready to give up on their diets," said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. "A lot of packaged foods have a shocking amount of fat in them, so we did the dirty work of sifting out some high-fat products and finding alternatives with as much as 89 percent less fat."

SMART SWAPS

Instead of: Terra Mediterranean Exotic Vegetable Chips (150 calories, 9 grams fat in 19 chips/1 ounce, 1 gram saturated fat)

Try This: Popchips Original Potato (120 calories, 4 grams fat in 23 chips/1 ounce, 0 grams saturated fat)

Fat reduction: 56 percent less fat

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Instead of: Aunt Jemima Cinnamon French Toast Sticks (270 calories, 10 grams fat in 4 pieces [89 grams], 2.5 grams saturated fat)

Try This: Aunt Jemima Homestyle French Toast (220 calories, 4.5 grams fat in 2 slices [118 grams], 1.5 grams saturated fat)

Fat reduction: 55 percent less fat

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Instead of: Pillsbury Place 'N Bake Crescent Rounds (110 calories, 6 grams fat in 1 roll [28 grams], 2 grams saturated fat)

Try This: Pillsbury Biscuits Buttermilk (50 calories, 0.7 grams fat in 1 biscuit [21 grams], 0.2 grams saturated fat)

Fat reduction: 89 percent less fat

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Instead of: Wish-Bone House Italian Dressing (110 calories, 10 grams fat in 2 tablespoons, 1.5 grams saturated fat)

Try This: Wish-Bone Mediterranean Italian Dressing (60 calories, 5 grams fat in 2 tablespoons, 1 gram saturated fat)

Fat reduction: 50 percent less fat

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Instead of: Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus (70 calories, 6 grams fat in 2 tablespoons, 1 gram saturated fat)


First Published 2012-02-25 23:29:38

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