Do Nutritious Cookies Exist? Cookie Wars!

Do Nutritious Cookies Exist? Cookie Wars!

 It's time for a cookie showdown.  Perhaps you've seen advertisements for the new WhoNu cookies on television.  I first saw the commercial about a week ago and it perked up my curiosity.  Is it really possible that someone is marketing a good cookie out there!?  When I was at the grocery store I decided to head down the cookie aisle to check them out... the shelves were almost empty!  This shows me that their marketing campaign is working, because people are snatching them up.  I mean, when you see the ads and look at the label they look good, right? "As much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal." "As much iron as a cup of spinach."  Those are just some of the advertising points of these cookies.  I look beyond that, however.  I like to read ingredients labels, something that a lot of people overlook.  I look for what I call "ick"gredients.  These include things such as high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils (which is trans fat.  Did you know that as long as trans fat is not over 0.5g per serving that companies are allowed to say 0g on their label?  So, you could eat 4 servings of something with 0g trans fat and hit your 2g allowance for the day!  Yikes!).  I will say that I'm not all that impressed with these cookies after looking at that.  This blog is myself comparing nutrition labels and ingredients labels on 4 brands of cookies... two that you may have heard of, and two that may be a new cookie to you.  Check out my breakdown to see how these cookies stack up.

Chips Ahoy Classic

Nutrition Label here -> http://www.nabiscoworld.com/Brands/ProductInformation.aspx?BrandKey=chipsahoy&Site=1&Product=4400003743

Serving size: 4 cookies

Calories: 190

Fat: 9g (2.5g saturated fat)

Main ingredients that I disagree with:  High fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, ammonium phosphate (if you look this up, it mentions how this ingredient is used in some fertilizers and also as a flame retardant... you want to put that in your body?).

 

WhoNu Crispy

Nutrition Label here-> http://www.whonucookies.com/Crispy.aspx#

Serving size: 3 cookies

Calories: 150

Fat: 7g (2g saturated fat)

Main ingredients I disagree with:  Well, first, I disagree with the fact that the ingredients aren't even listed on their website.  They boast all of the positives of their cookies (as any marketing company should do), but then they fail to share their ingredients on the website with the nutrition label.  Seems fishy to me.  I snapped a picture of their ingredients list, you can see it here (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150332596391136&set=a.409242711135.211705.402611056135&type=1&theater).  Of that list, I disagree with: high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils... possibly questionable ingredient is annatto ("Annatto has been linked to many cases of food-related allergies, and is the only natural food coloring believed to cause as many allergic-type reactions as artificial food coloring" - Wikipedia).

 

Back To Nature Chocolate Chunk

Nutrition Label here -> http://www.backtonaturefoods.com/product-detail.aspx?category=Cookies&productName=Chocolate-Chunk&product=5928320004

Serving size: 26g (I imagine this to be 3-4 cookies, but I'm not certain)

Calories: 130

Fat: 6g (1.5g saturated fat)

Main ingredients I disagree with: None!  The only intolerance may be for people who can't have gluten... but that leads me to the last cookie feature...

 

Dr. Lucy's Gluten Free Chocolate Chip

Nutrition Label here -> http://www.drlucys.com/cookies/chocolateChip

Serving size: 3 cookies

Calories: 130

Fat: 5g (2 g saturated fat)

Main ingredients I disagree with:  This product also had annatto, which can apparently cause food allergies for some... but it's all natural (annatto is a natural coloring) and doesn't have any of the main "ick"gredient culprits! :-)

 

*~*~*THE WINNER *drumroll* - BACK TO NATURE CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES!~*~*~*

 

 

These are my pic because they do not contain the main "ick"gredients... high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils.  That is a big WIN right there.  They also have the lowest saturated fat count of any of these cookies as well.  On top of that... they taste amazing!!!  Like any cookie, though, eat in moderation.  No cookie will do you any good if you sit down and eat a whole box of them.

Don't discount the Dr. Lucy's cookies, however.  These are also TOPS when it comes to pre-packages cookies and are ideal for those with gluten allergies.  They also taste amazing and are all natural.

Of course, if you want the BEST cookie ever, then bake them at home with your own all natural ingredients.  Then you know exactly what is in them and you give your family an activity to do together.

So, WhoNu doesn't even make a top pick for me.  It's all fancy advertising to me.  Sure, they've been pumped with vitamins and minerals, but if you are eating properly and getting the vitamins you need from your meals then you don't really need to add more in your cookies, especially since those cookies come with "ick"gredients in them.  Get your vitamins and minerals from their natural sources, not from foods that they've been added to for marketing value.  Ditch the WhoNu and look for Back To Nature, and eat a healthy and balanced diet! 

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