The Food Label and You: Party Food (Gametime/Play By Play)


[music] Welcome to “Game time.”
I’m Pat Somerhill. And I’m Gail Moran. Today it’s the battle of
the dueling dinner parties. At stake, bragging rights for
healthiest food get-togethers. Pat. Well, Gail, you know,
there’s lots of food out there, that’s for sure. But the question is, how do you
choose nutrients or foods wisely when you’re away from home
and, say, at a dinner party? Well, that’s what we’re
here to find out, Pat. Let’s take a look at
our two contenders. Up first, the Simpsons, who’ve
invited some friends over for a typical sit-down affair. It’ll be interesting to see what
the hostess has come up with for the menu there, Pat. And out on the other side,
we’ve got their neighbors, the Jacksons, who have invited
a few friends over for an informal Sunday afternoon
football celebration. Now their game plan includes
lots of finger foods and a buffet style setting. Joe Santana’s on the sidelines
with Mr. Jackson now. Joe.
Thanks, Pat. Frank, you’ve got some serious
competition from the Simpsons for dinner tonight. What’s your game plan
for keeping it healthy without making it boring? Joe, this party is gonna
be anything but boring. We’ve got football, after all. And don’t forget the veggies. Veggies with a ball game?
Sure. We have fresh broccoli,
tomatoes, cauliflower, and my favorite,
sweet yellow peppers. Believe it or not,
they make a good snack. Well, as we all know
with the 5-20 rule, 20% or more of a nutrient
is high, 5% is low. So these veggies are an
excellent source of vitamin C, very low in sodium
and saturated fat. Back to you, Pat.
Thanks, Joe. It’s a great start to what
could be a big battle. Now they’re just sitting down
to dinner at the Simpsons, but we spoke to
Fran Simpson earlier today. Now here’s what she had to
say about her game plan. You have a hungry crowd
coming over today, Fran. What’s on the menu? Well, I’ve got individual
game hens for everyone, a side salad, and
baked potatoes. Oh, and I see you’re also
planning soup for an appetizer. Oh, yeah, soup’s
always a good starter. I’m planning a hearty tomato
soup with fresh rosemary and garlic croutons. It’s easy to make and it’s
packed with vitamin C. It sounds like a winner. We’ll see how it goes over
with the dinner party. Gail. Back at the Jackson’s, the
ball game’s just about to start. They’ve laid out the
spread and our first guest is loading up his plate. Now despite the side of veggies,
that pile of wings is gonna cost him. A serving size is three wings
and it looks like he’s got six. Add the half dozen pizza bites
and he’s well on his way to more than his total daily
value in many categories. Well, let’s take
a look at the score so far. We’ve got 30% DV saturated fat
from those 6 wings and another 15% from the pizza bites for
a total of 45% daily value from those 2 foods alone. Now the only good news is the
64% DV protein from the meat and the 150% DV
vitamin C from the peppers. And at the Simpsons I
assume the nutrition score is much better, Gail? Well, you would
think so, Pat, but Fran’s made a last
minute change in the lineup. Now the tomato soup was pulled
and replaced with French onion. It’s particularly high in sodium
and the large piece of cheese on top helps it weigh in at
a whopping 30% daily value of saturated fat. You’re right, Gail. And if we go by the 5-20 rule,
30% is over the 5% DV maximum we’d like to limit
ourselves to each day. Now at the same time, while the
Cornish hen adds 60% daily value of protein, it also tacks on
another 35% DV of saturated fat. Still better than the neighbors,
but the Simpsons haven’t locked up a win yet. Hold on, Pat. It looks like we’ve gone off
the playbook at the Jackson’s. They brought out some chicken
breast wraps and they seem to be very popular. The whole grain gives it
a whopping 31% DV of fiber, and the flavorful low-cal
dressing comes in at only 3% DV of saturated fat. I think the momentum
is shifting, Pat. And I think
you’re right, Gail. Surprisingly, it looks like
they’re not sticking to the game plan over
at the Simpson’s. And it looks like they’ve
forgotten the 5-20 rule. Butter and sour cream
on the potatoes, a creamy dressing on
the salad, and is that eggnog? I’m afraid it is, Pat. And the portions
are out of control. Potatoes and salad add much
needed fiber and vitamins, but look at the size
of those servings. A surprise outcome in
the battle of the dueling dinner parties, Gail. And this just underscores how
important it is to not only choose nutrients wisely,
but to also pay attention to serving size and calories
per serving. For “Game Time,”
I’m Pat Somerhill. And I’m Gail Moran,
see you next time. [music]

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