Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Try. Don't try.

Lean Cuisine Macaroni & Cheese

Check out their site here.

Their description: Tender macaroni in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce.

Nutrition Facts
1 package has...
290 calories
7g of total fat
4g of sat fat
630mg of sodium
41g carbohydrates
15g protein

First ingredient

- For 290 calories, it's a lot of food - I couldn't finish it all.
- Very creamy texture.
- 15 grams of protein! Woohoo!
- I can pronounce just about everything on the Ingredients list. Except... phosphoric acid and disodium phosphate. And what's carrageenan?

Phosphoric acid - (info from wiki) Food-grade phosphoric acid is used to acidify foods and beverages such as various colas, but not without controversy regarding its health effects. It provides a tangy or sour taste and, being a mass-produced chemical, is available cheaply and in large quantities. The low cost and bulk availability is unlike more expensive seasonings that give comparable flavors, such as citric acid which is obtainable from lemons and limes. (However most citric acid in the food industry is not extracted from citrus fruit, but fermented by Aspergillus niger mold from scrap molasses, waste starch hydrolysates and phosphoric acid.)

Disodium phosphate - (info from wiki) Apparently it speeds up cook time???

Carrageenan - (info from wiki) Gelatinous extracts of the Chondrus crispus seaweed have been used as food additives for hundreds of years, though analysis of carrageenan safety as an additive continues. Since Carrageenans are extracted from plant matter, foods containing this additive are considered suitable for vegans. Also: Studies at the Laboratory of Cellular Oncology, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America, suggest that carrageenans might function as a topical microbicide.

- It has 560mg of sodium. That's 26% of your daily value, which... as I'm learning from research an awful lot from one meal.
- One of the ingredients is being studied for its use as a sexual lubricant and microbicide. Really?
- Half of its fat content is from saturated fat.

It's a little underwhelming on the salt side, considering it has 630mg of sodium. But it has, overall, a good flavor. It's not a very sharp cheddar taste, but is instead a smooth cheesy flavor.


If you like mac & cheese and want it fast or as a lunch option, why not? It's not terrible. Just... don't search wiki for the ingredients.

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