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Healthy Food Review Green Giant Just For One Broccoli, Carrots And Italian Seasoning

Posted May 06 2008 3:01pm

Hi All,

Green Giant Just For One! Broccoli, Carrots And Italian Seasoning sounded like a good idea at the time I picked it hurriedly in the supermarket. I'm currently away at my parents' house in Florida and was looking for just a couple of basic healthy items I could put together for a quick dinner without having to invest in a ton of groceries since I'll only be here a short while.

They already had whole wheat pasta, I bought some Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chik'n Strips for protein, and wanted some vegetables to top off the dish. As I walked through the freezer aisle, the Green Giant Just for One packaging caught my eye. Hmm, broccoli, carrots and italian seasoning in convenient individual size containers with just 60 calories--that gives me two vegetables and seasoning for the remainder of the dish to boot. Sold!

Unfortunately, I broke one of my own rules by not reading the actual nutrition label. So it wasn't until I started looking closer at the package to get the cooking directions that I noticed that one of the ingredients was partially hydrogenated soybean oil. What is partially hydrogenated oil doing in what should be a super healthy dish of vegetables for goodness sake?

Even though the label said zero grams of trans fat (which I've mentioned in previous posts is just the government's loophole that allows a manufacturer who Haas less than .5 grams of trans fat in a product to say that it has zero grams of trans fat), that's still an ingredient I do my best to avoid as all those "zero grams" start to add up to as something a lot more than that, and there is no safe level of trans fat.

For this time, the convenience while traveling was nice, but I can't find any reason to support a vegetable product that has partially hydrogenated oil in it. Green Giant you really disappointed me, and after I went miles out of my way to see your statue in Blue Earth Minnesota too on one of my vacation trips too!

Green Giant (a Betty Crocker brand food distributed by General Mills) needs to get its act together. There's no reason to taint a vegetable dish with trans fats--even in a tiny amount. Let Green Giant know how you feel about its sneaky use of partially hydrogenated oil in Green Giant Just For One! Broccoli, Carrots And Italian Seasoning here:

--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too! Available 24/7 at

Please note that I do not have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post--they are simply products I am personally familiar with. The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

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