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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (novick.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: dr. praegers veggie burgers
Date: October 11, 2008 at 3:49 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: dr. praegers veggie burgers posted by Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN on October 11, 2008 at 3:43 pm:

Kosher Today Weekly News Archives
5/08/2006


Kosher Vegi-Burgers are Not Heart Healthy, Says American Heart Association
(Newark, NJ) A well known producer of kosher foods was ordered to remove a “Heart Healthy” logo by the American Heart Association (AHA), reports the Newark Star-Ledger. For 10 years, Dr. Praeger's veggie burgers were deemed "Heart Healthy" by the AHA, which now claims that there is more fat content than reflected on the packaging and than what the AHA allows. The AHA requires that the fat content be five grams of fat or less. The testing, however, showed the Praeger products to be more than five grams -- and perhaps as high as nine grams -- in a 107-gram patty, according to a copy of an AHA letter received by The Star-Ledger. Dr. Peter Praeger, a heart surgeon at Hackensack University Hospital, who is dedicated to producing healthy kosher products said he had already reformulated his recipe to return it to compliance and that the notice had thus been revoked, but the Dallas-based AHA said the cease and desist order still stands. Owned by Unger Foods, Dr. Praeger said he has purchased new equipment that will remove the oil remaining in the product *****AFTER IT HAD BEEN FRIED*****(emphasis mine). The veggie burgers are cooked and then frozen for shipment. Praeger began producing several products under the description “Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods" after hearing from patients that they wanted more flavorful kosher healthful foods. Other products the company makes include fish sticks and potato pancakes.

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