Hi there! I can’t wait to gladly tell you that my today’s visit to Walmart grocery nicely surprised me by discovering three new products with nearly zeroed chemical additive risks! Here they are: Great Value Hearty Grains Sea Salt chips, Milk & Granola bars (Kraft Foods) and Newtons Fruit Thins (Kraft Foods). It looks like the American consumer’s demand for a healthy food starts to bring real fruits. Indeed, this is exactly what it says on the label: Newtons Fruit Thins made with real fruit. Crispy cookies. Let’s put this product, made in Canada, under our microscope first.
Stated value. Sweet cranberries, oats and a touch of citrus flavor. No high fructose corn syrup.
- Cranberry Citrus Oat
- Made with real fruit
- 8 g of whole grain per serving (30 g)
- Fat 5 g
- Sugar 7 g
- Protein 2 g
- Sodium 85 mg (4%)
- Potassium 40 mg (1%)
Real value. I am pleased to report that the stated value of this product adequately reflects its actual value and content. Somewhat misleading look slices of oranges depicted on the bag. You have to read an introduction on its back to find out that there is only a flavor of citrus. But cranberries are real! Accordingly, there are 8 nutritional (green segments in the diagram), only 3 benign (yellow) and 0 bio-chemically foreign food additives (no red segments!) in the cookies. Therefore you will take ZERO chemical additives risk of DDFI = 0/22 = 0 and you will receive a good load of nutrients: DDNF = 24/12 = 2. With every serving (30 g) you will get 22 g of carbohydrates where only 7 g is sugar. Sounds good, doesn’t it? And yet the manufacturer has chosen to dilute nutritious whole grain wheat flour with a less valuable unbleached enriched flour. This is a minor downgrading factor, however.
Bottom line. Newtons Fruit Thins Cranberry Citrus Oat crispy cookies are a nutritious (and delicious too, I have tried!) product with minimal possible health risks when consumed in moderation. In addition, here is an interesting fact about its mineral content. Newtons Fruit Thins contain 40 mg (1%) of your daily potassium that is 8 times (!) the amount you get with equal amount (30 g) of Gatorade. Who still believes that Gatorade is an electrolyte as claimed?