It may look oh-so-freaking delicious, but this stuff is terrible for you – especially early in the morning. Spikes up blood sugar levels, gets insulin levels up, pancreas is working hard to process this overload of dirty dirty sugar… it’s a wonder why kids (and adults!) fall asleep in class (and work!).
My cousin Miss J uploaded a photo on Facebook, of her boyfriend, Mr A, eating a S’mores flavoured poptart. Which sparked me to create this post 😛
What does the Frosted S’Mores Toaster Pastries consist of?
ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2]), SUGAR, DEXTROSE, SOYBEAN AND PALM OIL (WITH TBHQ FOR FRESHNESS), WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CRACKER MEAL, CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, WHEY, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF CORNSTARCH, MOLASSES, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), LEAVENING (BAKING SODA, SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE), MILK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, MILK), HONEY, CALCIUM CARBONATE, SALT, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SOY LECITHIN, EGG WHITES, GELATIN, COLOR ADDED, XANTHAN GUM, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, NIACINAMIDE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6).
Let’s break down all the ingredients, shall we?
ENRICHED FLOUR – Oh boy, this is a good one! As nutrients are lost during the refining process, manufacturers have to add synthetic chemicals which mimic the stripped nutrients to “enrich” the flour to make it “healthy” again. Such a hoax! The ingredients in the brackets for the wording enriched flour, is what they put back in synthetically. Reduced Iron doesn’t really make any sense though, does it? :S
SUGAR – They haven’t specified what kind of sugar, but I’m going to go with refined sugar. Sugar is one of the causes of inflammation in the body, especially in high amounts. It has been linked with conditions such as obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, candida, heart problems, adrenal fatigue. It promotes aging, robs your body of minerals and energy, and can contribute to eczema. The terrible thing is, this substance is found in everything!
DEXTROSE – This is more known as glucose. David Gillespie, the author of Sweet Poison, uses this in his baking to replace sugar. It is a fast acting carbohydrate, a primary source of energy. I may need to look into this more as so far from what I’m reading online, it’s not entirely bad.
SOYBEAN AND PALM OIL (WITH TBHQ FOR FRESHNESS) – This one is a goody, I’m so excited! Soybean oil is one of the culprits used in 99.99% of processed foods. Most of it is also partially hydrogenated and will contain transfats. Palm oil on the other hand, can be beneficial for health. However, it does destroy the habitat of orangutans. Now, you may be wondering what the hell is TBHQ? And for freshness? Both the soybean and palm oil are treated with tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ); it is a chemical preservative in the form of butane, a petroleum derivative. It’s job is to stop the oils from going rancid and to keep it “fresh”. Large doses of this preservative (between 1 and 4 grams) of TBHQ can cause nausea, delirium, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and vomiting.
As there are quite a few ingredients in this little pop tart, I’m going to have to do this as part of a series. In the next post, we will cover whole wheat flour, high fructose corn syrup (hfcs)/corn syrup solids/corn syrup and cracker meal.
Main Image from Google