No good to go.American must be extremely busy. How else to explain the explosion of supermarket foods with "Heat 'n Eat" or "Ready in 3 Minutes" emblazoned on their labels? And those are for the slowpokes--folks who have time to sit down at the dining room table and enjoy a meal. Apparently many of us don't.
The latest target of food marketers: people who eat on the road, at work, or we-don't-want-to-know-where. While all that extra packaging doesn't bode well for the nation's landfills, it's probably no worse than that you'd get at a fast-food restaurant, a 7-Eleven convenience store, the eatery at your local mall, or a gas station food mart.
With competitors like those, supermarket on-the-go foods should shine. So why does it feel like rain?
The information for this article was compiled by Tamar Genger.
What could be better than salad on the go? Ready Pac--a company we've praised for its innovative salads and chopped veggies Veggies of Nottingham, also known as Veggies Catering Campaign, is a campaigning group based in Nottingham, England, promoting ethicalbum alternatives to mainstream fast food. in a bag--lets you choose from a Chef, Chicken Caesar, or BLT 1. BLT - /B-L-T/, /bl*t/ or (rarely) /belt/ Synonym for blit. This is the original form of blit and the ancestor of bitblt. It refers to any large bit-field copy or move operation (one resource-intensive memory-shuffling operation done on pre-paged versions of ITS, WAITS and Salad. There's only one problem: Each container is clearly meant for one person, but the Nutrition Facts panels say that the Chicken Caesar Salad caesar salad
A tossed salad of greens, anchovies, croutons, and grated cheese with a dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, and a raw or coddled egg. serves two... and that the BLT or Chef Salad Loosely based on the Cobb Salad (1937), a Chef salad (or Chef's salad) consists of hard- External links
So instead of the 140 calories listed on the label of the BLT or Chef Salad, you get 420 calories. Instead of the three or four grams of saturated fat saturated fat, any solid fat that is an ester of glycerol and a saturated fatty acid. The molecules of a saturated fat have only single bonds between carbon atoms; if double bonds are present in the fatty acid portion of the molecule, the fat is said to be , you get nine or 11 grams. And the sodium isn't 390 or 580 mg, but 1,170 or 1,740 mg. Unless you notice the "servings per container: 3" on the label, you'd never know.
Haagen-Dazs sells the most adorable little cups of ice cream. Ben & Jerry's even includes a small spoon with theirs. Each container holds only about four ounces (half a cup). How much harm could those eight tablespoons do?
If it's Haagen-Dazs Dulce de Leche Dulce de leche in Spanish, dolç de llet in Catalan, or doce de leite in Portuguese ("milk candy"), is a milk-based syrup.
Found as both a sauce and a caramel-like candy, it is popular in Argentina. Caramel Ice Cream, you can chalk up 300 calories, 11 grams of saturated fat (half a day's worth), and six teaspoons of added sugar. Still think they're adorable?
They're so cute. Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm was founded in 1937 by Margaret Rudkin, who named the brand for a property her family owned in Connecticut (which itself was named for the pepperidge tree, Nyssa sylvatica). In 1961, the company was purchased by Campbell's. wraps some of its popular cookies in convenient "On the Go!" bags for people who eat on the run. Each bag of Nantucket Chocolate Chunk Minis, for example, has six "poppable bite size cookies."
Pop, pop, pop. Before you know it, the bag is empty ... and you're 260 calories, five grams of saturated fat, and 17 grams of sugar fuller. That's roughly twice what you'd get in one "Big" Nantucket cookie. You'll see those cute little Minis as a harmless snack. Your body will see each bag as a Dunkin' Donuts Sources:
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History Chocolate Kreme Filled Donut.
A Real Meal?
It's the ultimate for people who have no time to eat. Forget food altogether. Just bring along your Snapple a Day Meal Replacement wherever you go. It's a "naturally flavored ready to drink meal"--that is, if you think of water, sugar, soy protein, juice, fruit puree pu·rée or pu·ree
tr.v. pu·réed or pu·reed, pu·rée·ing or pu·ree·ing, pu·rées or pu·rees
To rub through a strainer or process (food) in a blender.
n. , gums, and a vitamin pill as a meal.
And it's a rather skimpy skimp·y
adj. skimp·i·er, skimp·i·est
1. Inadequate, as in size or fullness, especially through economizing or stinting: a skimpy meal.
2. Unduly thrifty; niggardly. meal at that. Snapple adds roughly a third of a day's worth of most vitamins and minerals, but only a seventh of a day's protein. Its five grams of fiber are substantial, but health experts recommend getting fiber from foods like fruits and vegetables, not a drink thickened thick·en
tr. & intr.v. thick·ened, thick·en·ing, thick·ens
1. To make or become thick or thicker: Thicken the sauce with cornstarch. The crowd thickened near the doorway.
2. with gum arabic gum Arabic,
n Latin name:
Acacia senegal; part used: gum; uses: lower cholesterol, kidney conditions, gum disease, oral health, sore throat, diarrhea; precautions: none known. Also called
Egyptian thorn or
senega. and pectin pectin, any of a group of white, amorphous, complex carbohydrates that occur in ripe fruits and certain vegetables. Fruits rich in pectin are the peach, apple, currant, and plum. Protopectin, present in unripe fruits, is converted to pectin as the fruit ripens. . The label doesn't say how much juice Snapple contains, but apparently the company needed add artificial colors and natural fruit flavors to enhance what was there.
Snapple a Day isn't the worst thing you could eat, but who needs it? Why rely on a vitamin-fortified sugar-sweetened "meal replacement" when you can have an apple a day?
Apparently, some people don't have time to eat candy at borne. So, as a public service, Hershey has packed its Whoppers
Whoppers are chocolate-coated malted milk balls produced by The Hershey Company. , KitKat Bites, York Peppermint peppermint: see mint.
Strongly aromatic perennial herb (Mentha piperita, mint family), source of a widely used flavouring. Native to Europe and Asia, it has been naturalized in North America. Bites, Mini Kisses, and Reese's Peanut Butter Bites into single-serve bags.
Tuck a Reese's into your briefcase or pocketbook and you'll be carrying around 410 calories, 14 grams of saturated fat, and 37 grams of sugar. Polish off the small bag on your way to work and you've blown 20 percent of your day's calories, 70 percent of your day's sat fat, and 90 percent of your day's added sugar quota.
Partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil helps the candy "melt in your mouth, not in your hands," as the old M&M's commercial used to say. It also makes Reese's Bites worse for you than Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
Nature packs some of the healthiest (and delectable) "to go" foods--nectarines, pears, apples, and oranges, for example. Fruit packaged in cans or plastic cups are okay if you can't find fresh. Del Monte Fruit & Gel cups "To Go" are another story. The company replaces at least half the fruit with gel (think Jell-O). Who needs peaches when you can have artificially colored and flavored sugar, water, and gums?
Get Off the Pot
"Unlike typical pot pies that require a fork, now there is a hand held pot pie that's quick and easy enough to eat on the go!" gushes the label of Hot Pockets Pot Pie Express. "Enjoy the oven-baked taste of a traditional pot pie in only 2 minutes!"
Just what we need--a quick and easy way to swallow 350 calories, 870 mg of sodium, and 4 1/2 grams of saturated fat. Odds are, there's another four of five grams of artery-clogging trans fat from the partially hydrogenated soybean oil in the crust. And--despite the lovely photo on the box--there's no more than 1 1/2 tablespoons of broccoli in each Chicken and Broccoli pocket.
Ready in only two minutes? Guess you can grab it as you run out the door for your cardiologist's appointment.
Hidden Valley now packages its Original Ranch Dressing in single cups so you can take them "Anytime, Anyplace." We'd be the last ones to discourage anyone from grabbing a bag of baby carrots and a cup of dressing on the way out the door. But even we didn't notice (at first) that the Nutrition Facts make the dressing look better than it is.
The 140 calories and 260 mg of sodium that you'll see on the label apply to just two tablespoons of dressing. Yet each cup contains five tablespoons. Oops. Now we're talking 350 calories and 650 mg of sodium. Guess they don't call it "hidden" for nothing.
Originally designed for athletes who couldn't stop to eat, say, during a marathon, energy bars are now considered the perfect food for people who can't stop to eat, say, during a marathon meeting.
It's partly due to a labeling loophole. People think that an "energy bar" will make them more energetic. Legally, all "energy bar" means is "calorie bar," nothing more.
Our advice: Read the ingredient list and Nutrition Facts panel, not the front label. Take Balance+ Chocolate Banana Plus Antioxidants Antioxidants
Substances that reduce the damage of the highly reactive free radicals that are the byproducts of the cells.
Mentioned in: Aging, Nutritional Supplements
n. Complete Nutrition Energy Bar.
Do ingredients like soy protein isolate, high fructose fructose (frŭk`tōs), levulose (lĕv`yəlōs'), or fruit sugar, simple sugar found in honey and in the fruit and other parts of plants. corn syrup, sugar, and fractionated palm kernel oil sound like an ideal meal? Do you need vitamins and minerals on top of what you already get from your daily multi? Is it worth getting 20 percent of a day's saturated fat and four teaspoons of sugar in a 200-calorie bar?
If the answers are no, have a peach, a yogurt, a handful of nuts--you get the idea.