October 7, 2007

Say What?: Script Check, Please

Yesterday night I finally got around to watching The Bourne Ultimatum.

While the fast-paced, loud action scenes were definite attention-grabbers, one thing that stuck with me as I walked out of the theater was a scene where a character orders a "heart-healthy omelette with goat cheese and peppers."

At the end of that scene, another character at the table leaves in a huff and states, "enjoy your egg whites," confirming my belief that "heart-healthy omelette" was another word for "egg-white omelette."

I find this so captivating because it is a nutrition mistake I see people making all the time -- ordering "heart-healthy" items and then sabotaging them.

Adding goat cheese -- or any cheese, for that matter -- to an otherwise fat-free omelette is ridiculous. A mere ounce of goat cheese contains thirty percent of a day's worth of saturated fat (the heart-unhealthy fat).

Meanwhile, an omelette made with two whole eggs and no cheese contains 15 % saturated fat!!
In other words, a regular omelette with two vegetables is, hands down, heart-healthier than an egg white and cheese one.

A better solution for those of you seeking heart-healthy omelettes? Add healthy fats like avocado or seafood to your omelette, or ask the waiter to have your heart-healthy omelette cooked in vegetable oil, rather than butter.

Besides, as I mentioned several months ago, including yolks in your omelette isn't as bad as you might think.

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