Get FREE tips and tiny slices of motivation to help you live a healthier life...without giving up chocolate!

Don’t be fooled by this “healthy” cookie

March 26th, 2012 | no comments

I’ll admit, I almost fell for the boastful “health claims” hook, line and sinker. How could you blame me when the box reads statements like:

  • “As much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal”
  • “As much calcium and vitamin D as an 8 ounce glass of milk”
  • “As much vitamin C as a cup of blueberries”
  • “As much iron as a cup of spinach”

Hell, no need to load up on whole grains and produce, this cookie has it all!

I almost bought a box…until…I looked at the list of ingredients—which, by the way, can’t be easily found on their website. Hmm I wonder why?

The first ingredient is sugar, followed by wheat flour. If you know even a little bit about food labels, you are aware of the fact that ingredients in the largest amount are listed first. Great! So essentially, these cookies are nothing more than “sugar” cookies pumped full of vitamins. Eating a serving of WhoNu cookies is just like swallowing three teaspoons of sugar! Think about it—you can inject vitamins and minerals into a hot fudge sundae, but it doesn’t make it healthy!

Wheat flour might seem like an impressive ingredient, but really it’s just plain old flour. Unless it specifically says “whole wheat flour”, you’re basically eating a slice of white bread.

I have always been a fan of Kashi products. They aren’t afraid to list their ingredients on their website because they have nothing to hide! Compared to a serving of WhoNu cookies, a serving of Kashi Happy Trail Mix cookies offers less calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar and more fiber. Not to mention the first ingredient on this label is: rolled whole grain blend—that means whole grain! Does it have vitamin C, iron or calcium? Nope! But I don’t eat cookies (and neither should you) to fulfill my vitamin C, iron and calcium needs— I eat blueberries and spinach and drink milk!

I will give WhoNu a thumbs up in their marketing genius however. It almost got me…almost!

Bottom line: Read your food labels. Don’t take the food manufacturers word for it. They have one goal in mind—to get you to buy their product!

Get FREE tips and tiny slices of motivation to help you live a healthier life...without giving up chocolate!

No comments yet, be the first!
Your comment...

badge_whiteStop beating yourself up over past diets gone wrong. You didn't fail them...they failed YOU! My mission is to help you take a permanent vacation from dieting, realize the amazing power of your body, and discover your true health potential.
Coach
Almost Custom Websites