So, I’m not a scientist nor a nutritionist but I am a mom. One thing I have learned to do is read labels. You will be shocked at what you find.
For instance, when daughter was younger she loved waffles …. then we read the box and wondered what ‘cellulose’ was. Um… wood by-product was the answer. What??? we thought ~ why are we chewing trees (which by the way have no nutritional value). The answer was that cellulose made the product more stable so it could remain in the market longer. Hmm… older, unnatural food. Appetizing no?
So we became label readers. We are not perfect, but we aim to find the ‘whole-est’ foods out there.
That brings me to Kraft Dinner. I posted a homemade Mac ‘n Cheese recipe on the blog when my family kept asking for good old bright orange noodles.
So I made them label read.
It is really tiny at the bottom but let’s discuss anything that is non-organic:
- Why is macaroni enriched? … because it is made with white flour that no one is quite sure if it is non-GMO (genetically modified organism) or not. So the company takes out goodness and puts it back in. This is why we call it processed.
- Cheese sauce contains Sodium Trifpolyphosphate – STP is an inorganic compound commonly used in detergents (what?) it is used as an emulsifier – keeping the ingredients from separating (so it has a longer shelf life).
- Yellow 5 – also known as Tartrazine. Synthetic (aka not naturally occurring) dye, it is the most common allergen-dye and can affect those with asthma. Banned in several European countries.
- Yellow 6 – because one colour is not enough. Also known as Sunset Yellow – again with a name like that you can figure that it is not naturally occurring. Petrolium derived orange dye. Banned in several European countries.
Okay and down to the nutrition:
1 cup KD = 1 whole box (they suggest a portion size is a 1/3 of a cup…which would just about feed a squirrel.
Suggested Nutritional Value Prepared (1 box=1 cup): Calories 1200, Protein 27g, Carbohydrates 144g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 21g, Total Fat 9g, Cholesterol 30mg, Sodium 1710mg.
NOW compare the homemade recipe:
Suggested Nutritional Value Prepared (1 cup): Calories 379, Protein 22g, Carbohydrates 60g, Dietary Fiber 6g, Sugars 5g, Total Fat 8g, Cholesterol 24mg, Sodium 263mg.
My decision was made easily.
Read, discover, investigate, learn and adapt!