Which Is Worse? Italian Food Favorites

From penne pesto to chicken parmigiana, how do you choose the healthiest Italian foods? And avoid the worst? (51 Photos)

Cynthia Ramnarace on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:21AM

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Which Is Worse? Italian Food Favorites

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Worse: Fried Zucchini

Anytime a food is fried, odds are it’s going to be a loser, says Brooke Schantz, R.D., outpatient dietitian at Loyola University Medical Center. “Frying, even when it’s vegetables, makes them higher in saturated fat and trans fat,” she says. Bruschetta, with its lycopene-rich tomatoes, are a good option but don't eat too much of the white bread it comes with. “It’ll pack on calories without filling you up,” Schantz says.

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