Wednesday

Most Pointless Supermarket Foods .....

Most Pointless Supermarket Lunch

Smucker’s Uncrustable Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly Sandwich
210 calories
9 g fat (2 g saturated)
9 g sugars
Back in the day, homemade peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were considered a quick lunch fix, but Smucker's somehow managed to turn this old favorite into a processed junk food. Uncrustables are pre-made PB&J sandwiches with the crusts already removed, and unlike their classic counterparts, they're full of high-fructose corn syrup and heart-damaging hydrogenated oils. For a much more sensible snack, spread some peanut butter and jelly on half of a whole wheat English muffin. Or go with a full peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread.
Eat This Instead
Half a Thomas’s 100% Whole Wheat English Muffin with 1 Tbsp of Jif Creamy Peanut Butter and 1 Tbsp of Smucker’s Simply Fruit Concord Grape spread
195 calories
8.5 g fat (1 g saturated)
10.5 g sugars

Most Pointless Supermarket Snack

Yoplait Original 99% Fat Free Harvest Peach (6 oz, 1 container)
170 calories
1.5 g fat (1 g saturated)
26 g sugars
This yogurt may be low in fat, but it harbors a whopping 26 grams of sugar—that’s more than you'll find in a Twinkie! The problem: The sugar overload will cause an energy crash later—not exactly what most people are looking for in a product touted as a healthy snack or low-calorie. When it comes to traditional yogurt, opt for options sweetened with only fruit or fruit-derived sugar (fructose), like Dannon Light & Fit. And for a more filling dairy snack, go with protein-packed Greek yogurt.

Eat This Instead
Dannon Light & Fit Peach (6 oz, 1 container)
80 calories
0 g fat
11 g sugars

Most Pointless Supermarket Treat


WhoNu? Nutrition Rich Chocolate Cookies
160 calories
7 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
14 g sugars
“Nutrition-rich” cookies? WhoNu the food industry could stoop so low as to market sugary, high-carb treats as health food? These cookies are advertised as being an “excellent source of calcium, iron, and vitamins A, B12, C, D and E” with “3 grams of fiber and 20 essential vitamins and minerals,” but they’re really just a processed junk food with some nutrients thrown in. You know what else has 4 grams of fiber and 20 vitamins and minerals? Apples. As do bananas, blueberries, grapes, nectarines, and dozens of other naturally sweet fruits that come without the refined flour and genetically modified ingredients found in these health-food wannabes. If you want a healthier version of a classic cookie, go with a less sugary, whole grain treat like Kashi’s oatmeal chocolate chip option, and get your vitamins in the produce aisle.
Eat This Instead
Kashi TLC Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Soft-Baked Cookies
130 calories
5 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
8 g sugars
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Most Pointless Supermarket Breakfast

Kraft Original Bagel-fuls
200 calories
5 g fat (3 g saturated)
2 g fiber
Most people would agree that it's not too difficult to spread cream cheese on a bagel. But apparently the folks at Kraft think otherwise, because they're selling prepackaged, pre-stuffed bagels filled with an array of unpronounceable processed ingredients. Don’t fall for this gimmicky breakfast: Spread some whipped cream cheese on a fiber-filled whole wheat bagel and call it breakfast.

Eat This Instead
Pepperidge Farm 100% Whole Wheat Mini Bagel w/ Kraft Philadelphia Whipped Cream Cheese (2 Tbsp)
160 calories
6.5 g fat (3.5 g saturated)
4 g fiber

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Most Pointless Supermarket Drink

Tropicana Twister Cherry Berry Blast (8 fl oz)
110 calories
0 g fat
25 g sugars
This is a classic move in the juice-trickery playbook: Use inexpensive fake food dyes—not actual fruit juice—to give the liquid an appealing color. Despite its name, Tropicana’s juice concoction contains 0 percent berry and cherry juice. What’s more, this bottle is guilty of what I call a serving size rip-off: It contains 2.5 servings, which means if you guzzle the whole thing (a likely scenario), you’ll take in more sugar than two packs of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! When it comes to fruity drinks, 100% fruit juice is the only way to go, but you’re better off eating actual fruit—you’ll get more fiber with less sugar and calories. Or drink green tea, which is packed with heart-protecting, cancer-stopping nutrients called polyphenols.

Drink This Instead
R.W. Knudsen Family Just Cranberry (8 fl oz)
70 calories
0 g fat
9 g sugars

I found this article on Yahoo news and thought to share it with you all... I'm sure many of you have these foods in your home.  I wonder what other boxed and caned/jar foods should be on this list? 





2 comments:

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

And I thought I was alone when I pass these things and SHAKE MY HEAD! REALLY, a crustless PBsandwich. AND not to mention the additional COST to our penny purses(does anyone still have a penny purse and it would HARDLY pay for any of this, hehe)...I like my yogurt PLAIN and I use real fruit and a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg,YUM! Thank you for posting this Sandy. It's nice to know I'm not the only one noticing this.
Hugs,
Donna

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Ha! Sandy... You had me at Uncrustables...
don't even get me started. I just recently had the older grands during spring break. Their momma, my stepdaughter, brought groceries and snacks for them. This was in that load of junk she feeds my grandkids~ I couldn't believe it. I don't think you mentioned it; but you have to know 30 minutes in advance that you are desiring peanut butter and jelly. (it's NOT microwavable) Not to mention...where is the independence a child gains from learning to spread his own peanut butter. I think these foods are for lazy people...
I liked the healthy alternatives... would have never guessed about the Yogurt.
As for the fruit drink... and serving size of drinks now a days. I noticed a 20 oz. Coke Cola used to be 2 servings...not anymore. It is one serving now. Before long, they'll be selling Big Gulps from the 7/11 as 1 serving size-- or 55 gallon drum barrels...when will it end?
I think we are too indulgent in our country, I really do.
there you go. I'll stop now, cause after all I didn't want to get stared...LOL.

Thanks for sharing this informative article.
Have a wonderfully eye opening day.
{smile}

~Pat