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DIETITIAN OFFERS FIVE SIZZLING ALTERNATIVES TO TRADITIONAL JULY 4TH BARBECUE FAVORITES

 DIETITIAN OFFERS FIVE SIZZLING ALTERNATIVES
 TO TRADITIONAL JULY 4TH BARBECUE FAVORITES
 SEASIDE, Calif., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans who plan to enjoy the country's biggest national holiday with a traditional barbecue now have an extra reason to celebrate. According to registered dietitian Deralee Scanlon, "This is the first July 4th that everyone's favorite, cheeseburgers, can be served without mom feeling a twinge of guilt. Until now, the lower calorie non-fat cheeses that are such a good choice for health-minded families tasted bland and didn't melt well, so kids had to do without the extra taste. But that's changed now."
 Scanlon also suggests that the new melt-able fat-free cheese be served on top of a more interesting variety of burgers. "As a dietitian, I often find that people today are eager to make healthy food choices, provided they don't have to sacrifice taste," said Scanlon.
 "July 4th barbecue-time is a great opportunity to try turkey or chicken burgers, or veggie burgers. A fish cheeseburger can be delicious, too. Any fish firm enough to be barbecued, such as salmon or swordfish, will do just fine." And with fat free cheese flavors like sharp or mild cheddar, garden vegetable, Mexican (with jalapeno and red peppers), Swiss or Monterey jack now available in ready-sliced form or 8-ounce bar under the Lifetime brand, it's convenient to match cheese flavors with different burgers.
 Nutritional comparisons bear out the dietitian's claims. For example, a lean 3-ounce beefburger topped with a 1-ounce slice of regular American cheese on a typical bun weighs in at 538 calories, and 60 percent of those calories come from fat, twice the level recommended by the American Heart Association. Using Lifetime Fat Free cheddar cuts 53 calories. The fat is also reduced by 8 percent and cholesterol and salt are lower, too.
 More dramatic results show up when comparing the turkey, chicken, veggie and fish burgers. Here are a few examples of how using the new Lifetime non-fat cheeses instead of regular American cheese, cuts calories and percentage of calories from fat: turkey cheeseburger (cuts 53 calories and lowers fat from 48 percent to 34 percent); chicken cheeseburger (cuts 53 calories and lowers fat from 37 percent to 21 percent); veggie cheeseburger (cuts 53 calories and lowers fat from 36 percent to only 16 percent), and fish cheeseburger (cuts 53 calories and lowers fat from 35 percent to 16 percent).
 It's easy to see that all of these burger varieties are healthier choices than the beef, and just as tasty when topped with the new fat- free, melt-able Lifetime cheeses.
 Nutritional Comparisons of Five Burger Varieties
 (Beef, Turkey, Chicken, Veggie, Fish. 3-oz. portions)
 Topped with 1-oz. American Cheese vs. Lifetime Fat Free Cheese
 (Figures include regular hamburger bun)
 Saturated
 Calories Fat Fat Cholesterol Sodium
 Beef w/ American 538 32 g 13.25 g 105 mg 1,253 mg
 Beef w/ Lifetime 485 25 g 8.85 g 90 mg 1,116 mg
 Turkey w/ Amer. 384 18.3 g 7.22 g 103 mg 546 mg
 Turkey w/ Life. 331 11.3 g 2.82 g 88 mg 409 mg
 Chicken w/ Amer. 369 13.5 g 5.79 g 103 mg 512 mg
 Chicken w/ Life. 316 6.5 g 1.39 g 88 mg 375 mg
 Veggie w/ Amer. 315 11.3 g 4.92 g 31 mg 599 mg
 Veggie w/Life. 262 4.3 g .52 g 16 mg 462 mg
 Fish w/American 318 11.2 g 5.06 g 78 mg 515 mg
 Fish w/Lifetime 265 4.2 g .66 g 63 mg 378 mg
 Beef is shown as lean; chicken and turkey have skin removed before grinding.
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 /NOTE: Lifetime is a registered trademark of Lifeline Food Co. Inc. (Seaside) for its line of cheese products. Product photos available upon request./
 /CONTACT: Jone Chappell of Lifeline Food, 408-899-5040/ CO: Lifeline Food Co. ST: California IN: FOD SU:


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