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Jayne Hurley

Jayne Hurley

Jayne Hurley is a Registered Dietitian and has worked for CSPI and Nutrition Action Healthletter since 1988. Jayne's expertise in analyzing Chinese, Italian, Mexican, and other restaurant foods, as well as movie-theater popcorn, has helped expose many dishes as loaded with calories, saturated fat, and salt. Jayne has been a frequent guest on major national television and radio programs, highlighting fraudulent food claims and informing consumers to make healthier food choices.

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The Best Yogurts For Your Health: Greek or Regular?

The yogurt aisle isn’t what it used to be. In the last few years, greek yogurt has taken over a sizeable chunk of the refrigerator case, leaving non-greeks to compete for the remaining real estate.

Meanwhile, both greek and non-greek yogurts are branching out. Fat-free? Cream on top? You got ‘em. Fruit purée or fruit mousse? Yep. Lactose-free or no dairy at all? Got you covered. And as for toppings and mix-ins, strawberry and vanilla are battling for shelf space with fig and orange zest, and chocolate-coated corn flakes. With so many options, how can you know which yogurts are the best yogurts?

Our recommendations (✔✔) are plain unsweetened yogurts. We’ve listed the criteria—maximums for calories and saturated fat and minimums for protein and calcium—at the beginning of each section. We disqualified products with artificial sweeteners. Within each section, yogurts are ranked from least to most calories, then least to most saturated fat, most to least protein, and most to least calcium.   Read More

How To Reduce the Calories in Meat

How many calories in that cereal? How much sodium in that soup? For nearly two decades, Nutrition Facts labels have answered those questions…except in the one section of the supermarket where you might need them the most.

If you are trying to figure out the calories in meat and poultry, you’re pretty much on your own. Exceptions: Most ground meat and poultry have Nutrition Facts (along with deceptive lean claims). And a few companies put Nutrition Facts on brand-name meats or poultry voluntarily.

In fact, many stores have posters listing the nutrition facts of fresh meat and poultry. But odds are, you haven’t noticed them. In some cases, they’re above or on the sides of the meat case. And even if your vision were sharp enough to read the fine print, the cuts on the posters don’t always match what the store is selling. So good luck with that.   Read More

Do you Know About Calories in Restaurant Meals?

It’s not easy to win an XTreme eating award.

For starters, there are usually around 1,000 calories in restaurant meals, so anything in that neighborhood is a yawner. To stand out in the crowd, you’ve got to hit around 2,000 calories—an entire day’s worth of food—even if it’s just dessert.

But our winners have what it takes…a total disregard for the obesity epidemic and the coming diabetes tsunami. Of course, you can’t blame restaurants for that. That would be so unfair.   Read More

What are the Best Frozen Desserts with Lower Calories?

The frozen-dessert aisle sure isn’t frozen in time.

Häagen-Dazs now has an Artisan Collection with mix-ins like banana rum swirl. Ben & Jerry’s has a line with a “core” of fillings like peanut butter fudge. And nearly every brand now has a line of gelato.

But if you’re careful, you can still cool off without a calorie, sugar, and saturated fat overload. Some of the best frozen desserts, like yogurts and kefirs, even offer a decent dose of protein and calcium. Here’s the scoop.
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Can’t Decide What to Eat? Try One of These Salad Kits.

If there’s one thing experts agree on, it’s that we should eat more vegetables. But sometimes it’s hard to come up with a new, interesting, and easy dish. And salad bars aren’t exactly an example of food safety, most of the time.

The Eat Smart brand of gourmet vegetable salad kits is to the rescue. Below we’ll review their ingredients, nutrients, and will tell you where to buy them.

Eat Smart’s Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad Kit “contains 7 superfoods,” as the label says. That would be broccoli, brussels sprouts, green cabbage, kale, chicory, dried cranberries, and roasted pumpkin seeds.   Read More

Five Meatless BBQ Ideas that are Healthy and Tasty

Say what you want about meat—you have to admit that it’s convenient. Slap a hot dog in a bun. Form a ground beef patty and throw it on the grill. Take a steak out of the package and slip it under the broiler.

Not too long ago, people with a vegetarian bent would have to either forgo the pleasure of digging into a juicy burger or put up with canned “meat analogs.” Those soggy, sponge- like blobs were enough to kill anyone’s desire to enjoy any meatless BBQ ideas.

But over the past couple of decades, as more people have stopped eating meat, food technologists have gotten better at spinning soy and other ingredients into meatlike burgers, balls, and “crumbles.” And food-industry chefs have gone far beyond meat, creating veggie and other patties that redefine the word “burger.”
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9 Ways to Pick the Best Healthy Lunch Meats

Talk about confusing. A “natural” or “no nitrites added” lunch meat could deliver as much nitrite as a lunch meat that lists sodium nitrite in the ingredients list. And a “lower sodium” lunch meat could have more salt than a lunch meat that makes no sodium claims.

Labels will say whatever it takes to get your attention. Forget the malarkey. Here are nine ways to choose the best healthy lunch meats before you break out the mustard.

1. Know your serving.

Cutting back on salt? When looking at nutrition labels, the answer may seem obvious, but there’s a catch: ounce for ounce, the one may have less sodium and just look like it has more because its label uses a 2oz. serving, while the other uses 1oz. Bottom line: before you compare lunch meats, make sure you’re looking at the same serving size.
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What is a Healthy Salad Dressing?

Still think of salad as a small bowl of lettuce, a wedge of tomato, and a few slices of cucumber? News flash: Salads have moved beyond those sad little side dishes.

Today, they come with an endless variety of greens, veggies, fruit, nuts, beans, and more. With some extra protein, they can even take center stage, replacing your carb-heavy, veggie-poor sandwich or pasta as a main dish.

So what is a healthy salad dressing, then? If you haven’t moved beyond Wish-Bone Italian, it’s time for a change. Here’s a guide to the best dressings in a bottle…and a few to whip up yourself.   Read More

What to Eat at Starbucks

Starbucks’ La Boulange “artisanal pastries” are mostly white flour, sugar, and butter. Instead, try:

Oatmeal. The 160-calorie unadorned oatmeal has 4 grams of fiber, roughly half of it the soluble kind   Read More

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