When I saw the commercial for these I automatically knew that they had to be a fake ‘healthy’ food product. Yes, I am that jaded when it comes to food companies churning out these products. These cookies seem to be taking off because people don’t read labels and automatically trust these companies when it comes to nutrition. They are made by a company called Suncore Products and are based out of Denver. I’m under the suspicion that they are secretly owned by a larger company, but I may just be paranoid.
I know it looks small, just click on it and it will get magically huge! Anyway! Sugar is the first ingredient. Yes, the first ingredient! If a cookie is supposed to be healthy shouldn’t sugar be a bit further down on the list? I eat cookies with sugar but it’s never on the top of the list. However, it appears that having sugar at the top of the list wasn’t good enough for them, they also have added corn syrup to the mix. I guess being healthy now means eating two different kinds of sweetener in a cookie? WhoNu indeed! Also, you will see ‘partially hydrogenated cottonseed and coconut oil’. It has trans fat! Now, the company claims it is reformulating their products but until they do I am going to say stay away from them for that reason alone! Also, the term ‘natural flavors’ sneaks in. What the heck are the natural flavors? Natural flavors are anything but natural, they are created in labs in order to make food taste ‘better’. Why companies get away with calling these flavors natural is beyond me! Hey, by the way I actually eat some products that have this on the label so you can’t get completely away from it unless you grow all of your own food. Choose your battles.
After all of those naughty ingredients are listed they go on to list the vitamins they added to the cookies. Now, if these cookies were healthy to begin with why would they need vitamins added to them? It really feels like a marketing gimmick to me so that they can get parents to buy these for their kids, thinking that they are giving them something that is nutritious. Tons of those ‘mom’ type blogs are promoting them which is a total shame. It’s a sad day when getting free food is more important to you than actually writing about what is in the box.
Wait a second here, it claims that it has no trans fat, and yet is has that partially hydrated oil. What’s up with that? It contains 160 calories for 3 cookies and the fat is 7 grams. I can eat 5 of Earth Fare’s organic ginger snap cookies for 150 calories and just 3 grams of fat. Both are about the same price, so which one do you think I’m going to choose?
I went on their Facebook page and asked them why do they call these cookies healthy when they have such ingredients on them. This was their response:
Megan, thanks for your feedback. High fructose corn syrup is an ingredient in our Chewy Chocolate Chip cookies. But we are now updating our recipe so it will be eliminated in the near future. WhoNu? cookies were made to deliver essential vitamins and minerals without sacrificing taste. They in no way are intended to replace healthy eating habits. If you have any questions, feel free to email our consumer services team – email@example.com.
In other words they are trying to say that they are not promoting it as a ‘healthy’ food. If you’ve see the commercials or the website you know that they are full of it. These companies, when questioned, always say this type of thing. If they weren’t trying to promote it as healthy then why brag about adding the vitamins to the cookies? Also, they make it seem like that foods with vitamins and minerals aren’t tasty enough so you have to add vitamins and minerals to things such as junk filled cookies to get people to eat healthy.
Adding ‘vitamins’ to these cookies doesn’t hide the fact that they are nothing but a a typical fake ‘health’ product. Don’t fall for this scam because you can easily find cookies with more healthy ingredients than these.