Although recently reviewed Oreo Milk’s Favorite sandwich cookies of Craft Foods/Nabisco are far from being the best nutritious choice, they, at least, don’t contain potentially dangerous food additives (read Behavior, Learning and Health: The Dietary Connection). Oreo Ice Cream cookies represent completely different case: a variety of four artificial food colorants is included. Therefore, the DyeDiet risk diagram for the cookies looks half-red.
DyeDiet Doesn’t Buy It
All the synthetic food dyes are added in their so called lakes form derived from the combination of the original dyes with metal salts like ones of aluminum. This makes them dispersible in oils used in the filling for Oreo sandwich cookies (high oleic canola or palm oils) and also makes it difficult for us to determine their actual content. Our rough estimate suggests 2-3 mg of overall artificial food colorants per cookie. While this may look not a lot, consider this fact: 20,866,071.50 pounds of synthetic food colorants were certified by the FDA in the year 2011 that translates into 30 g of these chemicals per every American per year. Tens grams of a xenobiotic chemical (bio-chemically foreign) is enough large amount to ruin a person’s health over some time. This is what I consider the latent “food terrorism” approved by the FDA in the name of corporate profit. With every cookie eaten you take chemical risk of DDFI = 35/21 ~ 1.7 and gain almost no nutritional value of DDNF = 21/43 ~ 0.5. I have tried the cookie and it did taste like cologne water to me: too sharp chemical fragrance for my nose. Also, you will get 30% more sugar than with the Oreo Milk’s Favorite.
Better choices. You better start your morning coffee with the cookies which contain no artificial colorants in their ingredient lists. Many other Oreo cookies or BelVita biscuits are much safer choices. I hope this quick report helps you to find your way of eating better food and quit eating food additives!