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Hungry Girl Today: 6.11.08


Dear Hungry Girl,

I love the Chili Lime Chicken Burgers at Trader Joe's, but they seem so oily
to me. I have a hard time believing that they only have 3 grams of fat each.
What do you think, HG?

Doubting the CBs in CA

Dear Doubting,

You know, I'm really glad you asked this question. I receive TONS of emails
about these burgers. We were eating them for a while at the HG HQ as well
and noticed the EXACT same thing. In fact, we recently took one of the
burgers to a lab, and the results weren't pretty. It contained almost 60%
more calories than the box claimed (175 rather than 110), and it had nearly
FOUR times as much fat as the label stated (a total of 11 grams fat!). Please
keep in mind, this doesn't mean that all of those burgers have that many
calories or that much fat. It could have been a fluke. We took ONE patty,
from ONE box, from ONE Trader Joe's location to a lab. We didn't test
multiple patties from many different boxes and locations. The important thing
to take away from this is if something SEEMS extra oily or fatty, there's a
chance that it could have more fat and/or calories than the label states. So
be careful. In the case of those chicken burgers, if you do want to continue
eating them, try to rid 'em of excess oil by smashing the patties with a
spatula while cooking, and then draining the oil that seeps out. Then blot any
remaining oiliness from them with a paper towel after cooking. If you do this,
you'll definitely cut a bunch of fat grams from those burgers. BTW, Trader
Joe's did change the label on their Banana Crisps after results from 2
different labs found the stats to be way off -- we hope they'll do the same if
the nutritionals on these burgers are in fact incorrect. Good luck -- and
happy chewing!

Dear HG,

I purchased 2 copies of your book (LOVE it!) and sent away for the special
free goodie pack from HG and Yoplait, but I still haven't received the
freebies. When can I expect to get them?

Losing Patience in Pennsylvania

Dear Losing Patience,

So glad you love the book! As for the free goodie pack -- the HG tote bag,
the parfait glass and the Yoplait Light coupon take about 6 - 8 weeks for
delivery once General Mills receives your form and receipt. I know that
seems like a long time, but it actually isn't THAT bad (really, it's not!).
There's something kinda fun about receiving a package once you've
forgotten it was coming. And when you see how cute the stuff is, you'll be so
happy (it's worth the wait)! For those of you who are unfamiliar with what I'm
referring to, there's a special "buy 2 HG books, get some free cool stuff from
Yoplait and HG" offer. You can read more about it by clicking here. And
remember, supplies are limited and they're going FAST!

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