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Much good information, except for sat. fat for fast foods
on December 19, 2001
This is the second edition of this material. Years ago, I purchased the first edition. Have enjoyed using that one. Quite complete. But due to wear and many new products on the market, I wanted to get up-to-date data. I am disappointed about some of the features. The previous version provided data for 1 oz measurements for fruits and vegetables (in addition to cup, 1 medium, etc). I have found a number of foods where the new edition does not provide data for this unit of measure. In the previous edition, the gram measurements for protein, carb, and fat content included tenths of a gram (i.e., 3.7). Now, you will only find tenths of a gram displayed under fat and saturated fat.
In the section covering fast food and chain restaurants, much of the data under saturated fat is just plain wrong. For example, (restaurant name omitted) chicken thigh has a total of 180 calories and 12 grams of fat (both editions). However, this second edition says this same thigh has 130 grams of saturated fat (the first edition says it has 4 grams, which is much more reasonable).
As long as your primary need does not concern the saturated fat content of restaurant food, this is a good source of nutritional information. The main section provides nutritional data for calories, protein, carbs, sodium, fiber, fat, saturated fat, cholesteral, and %fat calories. The second section provides vitamin/mineral data for a much shorter listing of food. (Vitamins & minerals: A, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, b6, folate, b12, C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc). The third, and shortest, section provides the calorie, protein, etc. data for fast-food and chain resaurants.