Bonnie: I don't know why anyone would top her food with any kind of Cool Whip. Reddi-wip, also in a dispensing can, would seem the best comparison for this new aerosol kind. The calorie and fat count are similar, with about 15 calories and 1 gram of fat in a 2-tablespoon serving of either Reddi-wip or Cool Whip Aerosol. The Cool Whip varieties, though, have slightly more saturated fat.
The more important difference is in the ingredients: Reddi-wip is made with real dairy cream, nonfat milk, corn syrup and artificial flavor. Cool Whip is a blend of water, hydrogenated vegetable oils (coconut and palm kernel), corn syrup (both regular and high-fructose), and a bunch of chemicals.So, your choice is whipped cream or chemicals. To me, that's a no-brainer.
Carolyn: Bonnie obviously has issues with Cool Whip's ingredients. The biggest issue most people have with it is remembering to take it out of the freezer in time for dessert. That problem's been eliminated with this refrigerated aerosol form, which has Cool Whip's distinctive sweet taste and thick texture.And as hard as Bonnie might find this to believe, a lot of people prefer Cool Whip's taste and texture to Reddi-wip or real whipped cream. Extra Creamy is by far the tastiest of these three Cool Whip Aerosol offerings. Amazingly, it contains only 15 calories per 2-tablespoon serving, which is about 50 calories less than real whipped cream and as few as regular frozen Cool Whip Free.
Barilla Whole Grain Pasta. Spaghetti, Thin Spaghetti, Penne and Rotini. $1.39 per 13.25-ounce box.
Bonnie: I like this pasta. It's made with whole grains, has a hefty serving of fiber, cooks quickly and most important tastes good.
This pasta contains 28 grams of whole grains, or almost two of the three recommended daily servings (two servings is 32 grams). As you may know, scientists believe that eating whole grains regularly reduces the risk of heart disease, some cancers and Type 2 diabetes.
Barilla Whole Grain Pasta also contains 6 grams of fiber, or a quarter of what's recommended daily. That fiber helps both with regularity as grandma used to call it and weight control because it makes you feel full.Unlike many other whole grain pastas, this cooks pretty quickly: Both kinds of spaghetti are ready in about 7 minutes, the other varieties in 10. And, as I mentioned, it also tastes good not as good as fresh homemade pasta, but good enough to buy.
Carolyn: By now, even I know that whole grain bread and pasta are better for you than the white kind. But they taste different not horrible, but definitely not as good as the regular (white) kind. Regular pasta doesn't taste like much of anything: It's more of a benign palette for sauce and toppings. But whole grain pasta asserts itself with its own wheaty flavor.In other words, Barilla Whole Wheat Pasta is OK for everyday purposes such as topped with jarred pasta sauce for a quick weekday dinner but use regular pasta with any special Italian sauce you've slaved over all day.
Haagen-Dazs Snack Size Ice Cream Bars. Vanilla & Almonds, and Coffee & Almond Crunch. $4.99 per 7.4-ounce box of four bars.
Bonnie: I was shocked when I first glanced at the nutrition facts panel for these new mini bars and saw 380 calories and 28 grams of fat. I know Haagen-Dazs is indulgent, but that was ridiculous. That was before I realized that those nutrition facts were for two, not one, bar.One hundred and ninety calories and 14 grams of fat is still quite a bit for a "mini" snack, especially if enjoyed on a regular basis. A low-fat sorbet bar would make a much better routine frozen treat.
Carolyn: You might think ice cream novelties were diet food, judging from all the new frozen novelties aimed at weight watchers. It's all because of the success of the Skinny Cow novelties. The very undiet Haagen-Dazs brand is trying to appeal to this same group via portion control. Haagen-Dazs Snack Size are mini versions of Haagen-Dazs' Dove Bar clones.If you like Haagen-Dazs' full-size ice cream bars, these new snack-size versions could be your only hope of eating them with regularity without ending up full-cow size.
Bonnie Tandy Leblang is a registered dietitian and professional speaker. Carolyn Wyman is a junk-food fanatic and author of "Better Than Homemade: Amazing Foods That Changed the Way We Eat" (Quirk). Each week they critique three new food items. For previous columns, visit www.supermarketsampler.com, and for more food info and chances to win free products, visit www.biteofthebest.com. © Universal Press Syndicate