Eating For Energy

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What's in your snacks?

We as kids are suckers for commercials!! We are drawn to the TV like a dog is to a bone or whistle!! We get excited to see “what's the new next best thing”. From cars, toys, clothes, movies to food!!  Today at the office, we had a representative from a Condo Subdivision come by with a bag of goodies. The goodies consisted of Snyder's Of Hanover pretzels, Chex Mix, Cheetos, Doritos, blow pops, Tootsie roll pops, and peanut butter cheese crackers.

I walked over to have a look and finger through as everyone else did. I was curious of the ingredients and wanted to make sure if I chose something it would be "truly vegan". I read each of the ingredients on each snack.  Without fail, there was high corn syrup, acidic something, fructose this and unpronounceable that!  The only true healthy choices were Chex Mix and Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Sticks.  The others had milk or cheese in them.  So not a good "vegan choice" and after cheating yesterday I was not about to cheat again!

It just made me think how we are "programmed" by commercials to think how incredibly healthy all of the snacks they advertise. When in truth most of them are saturated with corn syrup, artificial flavoring and coloring. Full of ingredients you just cannot pronounce or understand what they are in the first place. We also cave as parents to just "shut the kids up" if we say no a million times and hear whining about "my friend does this or their Mom lets them do that...". I've done it, not proud of that either but since "Going Vegan" we are so much more aware of what we are putting in our bodies and our kids bodies. What will the consequences be in the long run of not eating healthy. Compared to really making good healthy choices, looking at the back of products for the ingredients and not giving in to the pressures of whining children. 
Do you read the back of the box, bag, or bar?

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