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It's funny how we can have two widely different reactions to a recipe. One person said,
Just wanted to write and tell you that as soon as I saw the Chicken and Corn Salad recipe, I knew I had to make it right away. I just did the warm part and tried a bite and -- yummmm!!! -- can't wait to have the whole salad. Thanks for what you do!!!
Why would you post a recipe that has 17 fat grams?
Thanks to both writers for such great feedback.
The answer to the second question is that 17 grams of fat is quite reasonable. We now know that it is not total fat that is a problem. The dietary problem for most folks is too many calories and in our society those calories are often too much saturated fat.
This recipe has 143 of the calories from fat (27%). That's very reasonable. There's only 6 grams of saturated fat and even better 5 grams of monounsaturated fat. This is coupled with low sodium and 8 grams of fiber. It's chock full of Vitamin C as well as Vitamin A and Iron from the fresh veggies.
On paper this is one of the most balanced recipes I've created but as Beth said it tastes really great and that's the as important as being low in fat, high in fiber and having less sodium.
Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP