Read labels to select items with more vegetables, less sodium, experts say
WEDNESDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- Not all vegetarian burgers and hot dogs are alike. It seems that some, in fact, may not offer much at all in the way of vegetables.
"Arguably, if food doesn't taste good, people are less likely to eat it even if it does wear an impressive nutrition label," registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, said in a news release from the organization. "While some veggie burgers are meant to look and taste 'like meat,' many popular brands have visible chunks of vegetables, such as mushrooms, carrots and peppers, suggesting that satisfying meatless fare may not depend entirely on a successful imitation."
So before tossing some on the grill this summer, the association advises, read the labels and know the facts:
The American Dietetic Association has details on vegetarian burgers and hot dogs.
-- Kevin McKeever
SOURCE: American Dietetic Association, news release, July 1, 2009
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