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BreadBowl Pastas called 'food porn'

August 30, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

Nutrition Action Healthletter, the newsletter published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, calls the Domino's Pizza chain's 1,340- to 1,480-calorie BreadBowl Pastas "food porn." The carb-laden dish is made from white-flour penne pasta, sauce, cheese and other toppings doled out in "Frisbee-sized white-bread crusts."

The offerings contain 22 to 28 grams of saturated fat and 1,820 to 2,840 milligrams of sodium. The pasta bowls have 186 to 194 grams of carbohydrates.

The nutritional chart published by the pizza chain says each bowl contains two servings, which allows it to report calorie, fat, sodium and carb levels as half of what is listed above.

"White-flour pasta with cream-cheese sauce can be a nutritional nightmare on its own," said Jayne Hurley, the center's nutritionist.

If you are tempted to order the pasta, Hurley suggests saving about 800 calories and $1 by ordering it without the bread bowl.

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