Tuesday, April 05, 2005

The Untouchable Uncrustables - That Means Stay Away From It!


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I don't consider myself a health freak, but the mere idea of frozen food just creeps me out. What in the world do you put in a "chicken" nugget to make it last through WWIII? Think about it.

Anyone who's had microwaved french fries will understand my plight. So here's my peeve: Smuckers, the makers of peanut butter, jam and jelly just released one of the most stupid ideas you can think of (coz I think Segways are dumber), get ready for this: FROZEN MICROWAVABLE PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY SANDWICHES.

Yuppers. Now how busy can a parent get that they can't even spare 30 seconds slap on some peanut butter and jelly on two slices of fresh bread for their kid? Jeez. Smuckers calls their new product, UNCRUSTABLES, coz the PB&J sandwiches have the crust conveniently removed. Again, 2 seconds: crust, cut, turn, cut.

Can you imagine the amount of preservatives that they inject into this so-called sandwich? I stand by my philosophy, if I can't say the name of an ingredient in a food product in one breath, I steer clear of it. Come on, shady chemicals in food is never a good thing. So here's what a lil' investigation turned up, some of the "ingredients" in an Uncrustables sandwich:

(MAY CONTAIN ONE OR MORE OF: DIACETYL TARTARIC ESTERS OF MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES (DATEM), MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, ETHOXYLATED MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE, CALCIUM PEROXIDE, ASCORBIC ACID, AZODICARBONAMIDE, L-CYSTEINE), YEAST NUTRIENTS (MAY CONTAIN ONE OR MORE OF: MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE, CALCIUM SULFATE, AMMONIUM SULFATE), CALCIUM PROPIONATE (MAINTAIN FRESHNESS), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, PECTIN, CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE ADDED AS A PRESERVATIVE.



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There you have it, 3 million words that I can say in one breathe. And some still wonder what's causing alarming increase in child obesity cases in the U.S. Hmm...I wonder, could it be? Dare I say it? UNHEALTHY SNACKING! All done in the sad name of convenience. Convenience my ass, it'll be damn convenient when your child keels off at 12 from a heart attack, and don't give me that look, it's a true case, a 4ft-tall, 170-pound 7th grader slumped over her desk one day and the doctor declared heart attack as her cause of death.

I have only one thing to say about this: To anyone who plans to be a parent, please, please spare a minute of your day to make your child a fresh sandwich. Or at least teach your kids to make it themselves!

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Blogger gymastermjc said...

yea i totally agree with u, ive been trying to spread the word about these uncrustable things that they just arent healthy. almaost everyone in my school eats them because they sell them at my school store but i cant help but to inform them of what is actually in them. so many people eat things today without even looking at the label, which a quick look at the uncrustable label will show you that only 4 "sandwiches" equals your complete daily value of fat. i also noticed that the nutritional info that smuckers provides on their website is not the same as on the packages, which could be because of different sizes but it shows that they have something to hide. and although it is labeled as having no trans fats it does contain Partially / fully hydrogenated oils more than once on the ingrediant list. And all those preservatives cant be good for you. im just goning to try to continue to let people know because im all about healthy eating even at 16 years old, and i hate to see people blindly eat unhealthy.

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