EntrĂ©e Salads, Hillshire Farm
Like millions of other fat Americans, I am starting a new diet. And much like all my previous attempts at weight loss, I will trim my intake of sweets and boost my intake of salads.
In previous Bad Food reviews, Mr. Bad Food has touched on the dietary dangers linked to many fast food salads. Today, I take a bite out of a popular line of store salads from Hillshire Farms.
You know Hillshire Farms and their EntrĂ©e Salads. Itâ€™s the product hyped during the funny â€śGO MEAT!â€ť ads featuring cheerleader-like office workers. Sadly, after reviewing the nutrition info, there isnâ€™t a lot to cheer about.
According to the HillshireFarm.com website, the â€śnew EntrĂ©e Salads include all the great-tasting ingredients you need to make a restaurant-style salad. We give you the meat, cheese, dressing, and toppings. All you have to do is add your favorite lettuce.â€ť
Salads that include everything but the lettuce... gee thanks! Itâ€™s just what Mr. Bad Food wished for -- or so I thought. I have the option of Chicken Caesar, Chicken & Bacon Club, Turkey & Cranberries with Ham Julienne, and Turkey & Ham Chef.
Turns out that some of these varieties toss a half dayâ€™s saturated fat and a full dayâ€™s sodium your way!
According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, â€śThe oven roasted chicken breast, Parmesan cheese, croutons, and creamy Caesar dressing in the Chicken Caesar sound reasonable. But they supply 480 calories and 10 grams of sat fat (plus 0.5 gram of trans fat) and 1,630 milligrams of sodium. The Turkey & Ham Chef is almost as bad. Theyâ€™re salads with the Nutrition Facts of a McDonaldâ€™s Sausage McMuffin with Egg (plus 700 mg more sodium).â€ť
Could these salads be less than healthy because the makers are in the processed meat business? That could explain why theyâ€™ve butchered such a good idea.
Chew on This: A filling salad of greens and things can be a great diet aid. Just go slow on the cheeseâ€¦ the croutonsâ€¦ the nutsâ€¦ and the fatty dressings.