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How do these 10 Thanksgiving staples compare on nutritional value?

By: Robin Shreeves on Nov. 16, 2010, 7:22 a.m.
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Mac and cheese

Back to Nature 100% Whole Wheat Macaroni & White Cheddar vs. Kraft Original Macaroni & Cheese: For many people, the macaroni and cheese served on Thanksgiving comes from a recipe that’s been passed down through the generations. If you’re looking for a boxed mac and cheese — perhaps for the toddler who doesn’t appreciate your oyster stuffing (yet) — some are better than others.

Back to Nature’s 100% Whole Wheat Macaroni & White Cheddar has a NuVal score of 24 while the famous blue box of Kraft Original Macaroni & Cheese earns a NuVal score of 3. The difference lies in the whole wheat. Back to Nature has a whopping 7 grams of fiber per serving. The Kraft brand offers only 1 gram per serving. Back to Nature is lower in calories and fat per serving (230 calories and 2 grams of fat) compared to Kraft (260 calories and 3.5 grams of fat). And don’t forget the artificial dyes that give Kraft that orange glow. Back to Nature doesn’t have any artificial dyes.