You know how to read an ingredient list. There are two ingredient lists below. Read the ingredients and answer two questions. (1) What is the food product? And (2) Which one would you rather eat?
Obviously, there is a little twist to this quiz but the products are real products found in local grocery stores… I didn’t make anything up. Consider the amount of sugars that are listed, the “numbers” that describe ingredients, the amount of REAL food in the lists and the amount of added isolated nutrients. Read the ingredients thoroughly and try to guess before you look at the answers which are at the very bottom of the email.
So… what is you best guess for these two foods? And which would you rather eat?
Food product #1:
Whole grain oats; marshmallow (sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, gelatin, calcium carbonate, yellow 5 & 6, blue 1, red 40, artificial flavor); sugar; oat flour; corn syrup; corn starch; salt, trisodium phosphate, color added; natural and artificial flavor; vitamin E (for freshness). Vitamins: zinc & iron, vitamin C (sodium ascorbate), B vitamin (niacinamide), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B1 (thiamin mononitrate), vitamin A (palmitate), B vitamin (folic acid), vitamin B12, vitamin D2.
Food product #2:
Organic barley flour, natural peanut butter, organic carrots, organic apples, ground chicken, blackstrap molasses, chicken fat (preserved naturally), rolled oats, turmeric, natural peanut flavor, rosemary.
Let me know what you thought these were and which product you would rather eat.
Product #1 is Lucky Charms.
Product #2 is Paul Newman’s Premium Dog Treats.
The front of the Lucky Charms box states: “with whole grain first ingredient”. The second ingredient contains three sugars and the third and fifth ingredients are sugars… but, the first ingredient is a whole grain. The advertisers wouldn’t be trying to mislead us, would they?
By the way, don’t be impressed by the added nutrients in the Lucky Charms. This is no better than taking isolated vitamins and most nutrients added to processed foods are synthetic, derived from petroleum and processed with toxic chemicals that are not listed on the label. (This information is from the book “Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide to What’s Safe and What’s Not!”).