Is that right? Jimmy Dean breakfast will make you shine?
Who doesn't love those ads where the planets are feeling out of sorts (or thunder and lightning have lost their oomph) till a Jimmy Dean breakfast perks them up? They're awfully clever.
But is eating what Jimmy Dean serves the solar system the best way for us humans to start the day?
Maybe not the best, but probably not the worst, either.
Jimmy Dean sells a line of breakfast items, including some in sandwich form, and now something called "D-Lights Breakfast Bowls." These egg-and-meat concoctions promise to start your day right by providing plenty of protein. Hence the tag line "protein@breakfast."
Like many other convenience foods, these bowls of scrambled egg and either turkey sausage or turkey bacon have mile-long ingredient lists. And they have more sodium than is ideal; the sausage variety has 700 mg, while the turkey-bacon kind has 760 mg. Not great, but not nearly as bad as they could be.
But the emphasis on a protein-packed breakfast is in line with what many nutritionists suggest: Starting the day with protein, particularly as opposed to refined carbohydrates such as are found in such common breakfast fare as bagels, pancakes, waffles and the like, may help people feel full longer.
And the lightened-up breakfast bowls are low in calories and fat: The turkey sausage meal has 230 calories, 70 of them from fat, and the turkey bacon kind has 240 calories, 80 from fat.
The latest research, as I reported earlier this week, shows that people who have lost weight are better able to maintain that weight loss if they eat more higher-protein, lower-glycemic-index foods as opposed to lower-protein, higher-GI ones (such as the common breakfast items listed above).
Even so, most Americans get more than enough protein in our diets. But concentrating some of it in our morning meals, even if that means eating an occasional Breakfast Bowl, isn't all that bad an idea. Especially if, as is recommended on the Jimmy Dean Web site, you pair it with "fat-free/low-fat dairy, whole-grain, fruit and/or vegetable."
Of course, you could always scramble your own eggs. I'm just saying.
Jennifer LaRue Huget
| December 3, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: Is That Right?, Nutrition and Fitness
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