Monday, November 10, 2008
A Requiem for an Oreo
It's a Fresh Mouth check up. Since we birthed this challenge nine months ago, we thought it would be a fitting time to check this baby and the fridge out.
Here's a pic for an impromptu visual of daily eating. I didn't clean so ignore the dried milk streaks on the shelves and the errant crumbs.
This is a snapshot of our survival. We eat a lot of dairy - yogurt, cheese, milk - as well as organic meat, a lot of applesauce and peanut and almond butters, salads, veggies, a ton of burritos with beans, chicken, veggies, corn tortillas and salsa.
The top 10 fridge finds in our house would be:
- Peanut butter
- Tortillas and bread with five ingredients or less
- Green beans
- Lean organic red meat and chicken
And we eat our weight in hummus, bananas, berries, apples, whole wheat pasta and tomato sauce.
We've also reintroduced some other foods like cookies and chips over the months. But when we buy them we stick to the ingredients we recognize and we stay away from HFCS, hydrogenated oils, too many preservatives and any artificial sweeteners. We indulge in Costco madeleines. These are great, and here's the ingredient list:
Butter (Cream [milk], water, natural flavor), sugar, eggs, enriched flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), contains less than 2% of each of the following: vanilla extract, salt.
Dirk bought Oreos the other day, and I got mad. I let the kids keep them, but told them they were all hydrogenated oils and HFCS. Dirk said since we eat Newman's Os it was the same thing.
Dirk, Dirk, Dirk, I said.
Oreo Ingredients: SUGAR, ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], FOLIC ACID), HIGH OLEIC CANOLA OIL AND/OR PALM OIL AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, BAKING SODA, CORNSTARCH, SALT, SOY LECITHIN (EMULSIFIER), VANILLIN-AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CHOCOLATE.
versus the Newman's Os:
Organic Unbleached Flour, Organic Sugar, Powdered Sugar, Organic Palm Oil, Canola Oil (Expeller Pressed), Organic Cocoa, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Natural Flavor, Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate, Soy Lecithin, (an Emulsifier)
Aidan and Patrick were reluctant to eat as many because of the taboo ingredients and because I tantrumed, and Jack only ate a bite and left his cookie on the stairs. He didn't like it at all.
But you know what? I actually found it and ate it. Yeah, I admit I ate the squishy wet Oreo from the baby's mouth that landed on the floor. It's a mommy reflex. I wanted to enjoy it, but I didn't.
And it had nothing to do with the fact that it was baby moist either. Since we started Fresh Mouth, we can't get past the fake stuff . Doritos look like food from aliens, and the salt in prepackaged rice dishes make our lips swell from sodium. I wanted to like my Oreo and miss it and evoke childhood dips in an icy cold milk glass, but it didn't happen. I spit it out and tossed it.
Nugget o' the Moment: "Yeah, Dad, those have high fructose corn juice on them." - Patrick to Dirk about HFCS.