Fiber One Cheesecake, Sodium in Restaurant Food vs. Fast Food, Papa John's Lighter Pizza

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Fiber One Cheesecake BarsFiber One Cheesecake Bars - Wowzers... These decadent, grab 'n go treats are rich, delicious, and crammed with fiber! In Strawberry and Salted Caramel, each bar has 150 calories, 6g fat, 120 - 130mg sodium, 24g carbs, 5g fiber, 10g sugars, and 2g protein (PointsPlus® value 4*). They're just now hitting store shelves nationwide, so if you see 'em, grab 'em. Then get your cheesecake fix anywhere... anytime!

Kellogg's Origins Ancient Grains Blend Cereal - Hello, healthy whole grains! This crunchy new blend has quinoa, spelt, barley, kamut, wheat bran, and brown rice. Plus, it's got just a bit of honey for amazing flavor. A 3/4-cup serving has 110 calories, 0.5g fat, 150mg sodium, 26g carbs, 3g fiber, 9g sugars, and 3g protein (PointsPlus® value 3*). Have some in your cereal bowl, or use it in fruit 'n yogurt parfaits. Mmmm...

Starburst Sorbet Bars - These frozen pops were one of the highlights at a recent movie night at Hungryland... They deliver ALL the tangy fruit flavor you'd expect from Starburst. In Orange and Strawberry, each bar has just 70 calories, 1g fat, 10mg sodium, 15g carbs, 0g fiber, 13g sugars, and 0g protein (PointsPlus® value 2*). Find 'em in freezer aisles everywhere...

Shocking Study Findings: Fast Food Gets a Bad Rap, but Is Restaurant Food Worse?

Is Restaurant Food Healthier Than Fast Food? The Truth...

Which is worse for your diet: eating fast food or dining at traditional restaurants? That all depends on which nutrients matter most to you. A new study evaluated data from more than 18,000 adults, spanning seven years. Here are some key discoveries...

In terms of total calorie intake, people overdid it pretty evenly at both fast-food and full-service restaurants. Compared with eating at home, eating at either type of establishment resulted in about 200 extra calories and 10 additional grams of fat that day. We're actually pretty surprised those numbers aren't higher...

When it comes to sodium and cholesterol, traditional restaurants proved worse than fast food. For people who ate at a restaurant, their daily sodium intake clocked in at more than 400mg higher than an at-home eater; cholesterol was around 58mg higher. Fast food, on the other hand, contained an extra 300mg sodium and just around 10g more cholesterol versus dining at home.

The takeaway info here? Whether you hit up a fast-food joint or a sit-down restaurant, you're likely to consume more calories, fat, etc., than if you prepared your own meal at home. The sodium and cholesterol levels are particularly high at restaurants, which is something people tend to overlook. Case in point? The Chicken Fajita Rollup at Applebee’s -- which hardly seems like the worst thing on the menu -- has 3,350mg sodium... not including your choice of side! But this doesn't mean you can never eat out. Just do your research, and order smart: Scope out our Survival Guides for tips, picks, and more!

The Buzz...

Papa John's Lighter Choices PizzaListen up, pizza lovers: Papa John's has added five lighter choices (with smart toppings and less cheese) to its menu and a nutritional calculator to its website! Ordered thin-crust style, each less-cheese slice from a large pie has 190 - 210 calories, 7 - 8g fat, and 1g fiber. But we're most excited about the nutritional calculator, which lets you personalize and tally the stats for a slice of any pie... It even has an option for light (as in less) cheese. Who's up for a pizza party? ***Craving a new flavor of Quest Bar? How does Mint Chocolate Chunk sound? It's a chewy chocolate base with minty bits and chocolate cookies mixed in... YUM. Only 190 calories, plus 15g fiber and 20g protein (PointsPlus® value 5*). Those Quest people know what they're doing... ***Good news for people with celiac disease -- a new pill is being developed that may enable you to enjoy gluten every once in a while, free of side effects. It's not on the market yet, but it's reportedly been in the works for ten years... by a guy who was bummed that his gluten-sensitive pal couldn't have a beer with him. Hey, whatever motivates you, Mr. Scientist! And that's all we've got. 'Til next time... Chew the right thing!

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