With so many ads and commercials meant to lure parents just as much as the kids, it is hard to really understand the truth between a claim on TV regarding a certain food and the label that reflects the actual makeup of that food. Whole grain is good…when you have the right balance of fiber with it. And a little sugar is OK unless you know what the package serving size is and realize your kids consume twice that in the size bowls you have them using. So because labels can be a tricky science, I am aware of foods that you probably put in your cart already that you ASSUME were healthy for your kids. This is not a sponsored post. I was not compensated in any way, but share with you products I choose as a purpose for this article
Sorry to spoil it for you…..
Orville Redenbacher’s Microwave Popcorn. OK-if you have not heard how bad microwave popcorn is yet, then let me enlighten you a bit. First of all, do you remember my GMO article about corn products? Read it and know this and many other brands are a GMO product. If that doesn’t stop you, then also note it contains Artficial flavors and colors (just plain, unnecessary chemicals) and preservatives (TBHQ). If you want Microwave popcorn, try Newman’s Own Organics popcorn.
Fudgicles! Oh no!!! Sorry, but it contains Polysorbate 80 which has been linked to cancer and nervous system toxicity as well as allergens. It also has corn syrup…not good for the blood sugar. Try Jala fudge bars or Breyers Pure Fruit Bars/Naturals Ice cream.
Fig Newtons. I am devastated! However, they contain many red flags according to Unjunk Your Junk Food. High Fructose Corn Syrup…bad, bad, bad! They also contain Sulfur Dioxide in the dried fruit portion are high in allergens and even harmful for asthmatics. The Sulfites also in these cookies are responsible for 1 of every 100 people’s food sensitivities. Reactions to sulfides can be life threatening. Try Barbara’s or other Natural Whole Wheat Fig Bars. Just beware of the ingredients above!
Barnum’s Animal Crackers. I know!!! They are just full of unnecessary chemicals: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated oils and artificial flavors. Barbara’s Snackimals are a better choice.
Nutri-Grain Yogurt Bars. Lets list them all, shall we: High Fructose Corn Syrup, TBHQ (preservative), Artificial flavors, Partially hydrogenated oils and artificial colors. Unnecessary when you can give the same awesome taste buying Nature’s Path Organic Yogurt Bars.
Sun-Maid Vanilla Yogurt Raisins. Killing me now…again partially hydrogenated oils, Vanilin (avoid this in all “vanilla” labeled snacks) which is an artificial flavor made from wood pulp-not the real thing wouldn’t you say? It also contains Titanium Dioxide-sounds yummy, NOT! You may have seen this ingredient…in your SUNSCREEN! Yes-the carcinogen as labeled by the International Agency for Research on Cancer! Load up on those raisins why don’t you! Sun Ridge Farms offers a much better alternative brand of yogurt raisins.
Well there are a few spoilers for you. I will stop and spare you for now! I keep handy my Unjunk Your Junk Food Book just for this reason. This is not a review for this book, but I wanted to note where my information came from in the research of this topic for my readers!