SIMPLE SALMON M E LT AWAY H E A LT H
Eat more fat. They’re not chocolate. They’re not
When it comes to the omega-3 cream-filled. They’re not huge. So
fats in fish, nearly all experts agree you wouldn’t expect Hickory Farms’
with that advice. Fish fats don’t just Melt Away Mints to be worse than
lower cholesterol. They also help any other sugary, artificially colored
prevent sudden death heart attacks and flavored candy. Ditto for the simi-
by stabilizing the heart’s rhythm. lar bulk-bin mints that seem to materi-
And when it comes to fatty fish, alize in the supermarket every holiday
you can’t beat salmon. It’s got more season.
omega-3 fats—and much less mer- You’d be wrong. Each serving (just
cury—than tuna (or most other fish). seven mints) has 210 calories and 11
But you can’t always stop to buy fresh salmon on your way home. grams of saturated fat—more than half
And many people simply refuse to deal with the skin and bones a day’s worth. That’s worse than a
that come in most brands of canned salmon. standard Baby Ruth, Butterfinger,
Now you don’t have to. Heath, Hershey Bar, Milky Way, Nestlé Crunch, Snickers,
Chicken of the Sea packs its Skinless & Boneless Pink Salmon 3Musketeers, or nearly any other candy bar.
in a pouch that’s as shelf-stable as a can. The fish, which doesn’t The problem isn’t chocolate. It’s worse. After sugar, the sec-
need to be drained, is ready to eat. Mash in a little light mayo or ond ingredient in the mints is partially hydrogenated palm kernel
non-fat plain yogurt and chopped dill and you’ve got salmon oil. Even non-hydrogenated palm kernel oil is 80 percent satu-
salad (some people will think it’s tuna). Flake some on a green rated. Hydrogenation adds both saturated and (if there’s any
salad, mix some into a pasta salad, or shape room left) maybe some trans fat. Fats don’t
get much worse than palm kernel.
some into salmon cakes.
Like most canned salmon, Chicken of the If you like mints, try a bag of York
Sea’s pouched salmon is caught wild in O F T HE M ON T H Peppermint Patties. Three patties weigh
Alaska. That means it has less dioxin than For quick acorn squash, cut in half about 11/2 ounces—just like the seven Melt
Photos: Nick Waring.
fresh farmed salmon. (The pouch says and scoop out the seeds. Place cut Away Mints. But the patties have only 160
“Product of Thailand” because the Alaska ends face-down on a plate with a calories and two grams of sat fat.
salmon is sometimes packaged there.) few tablespoons of water and At least the York mints won’t cost you a
Salmon doesn’t get any simpler. microwave on high for about 10 mint in health insurance.
minutes (or until tender). Turn cut
Chicken of the Sea: (858) 558-9663. ends face-up, drizzle with a table- Hickory Farms: (800) 222-4438.
spoon or two of maple syrup, and
broil until browned.
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