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Betty Crocker Hates Me

I have some fond memories of the Betty Crocker brand, despite the fact that I would in no way buy any of their products now. Like the time I used their lemon cake mix to make a lemon-lime soda cake with pineapple curd. That was some pretty yummy stuff, unhealthy but yummy. Or the times in which I was too lazy to make my own cake and bought their pineapple upside-down mix. Well, those warm and fuzzy memories have been torn apart and scattered in the breeze.

I can imagine that you are asking ‘What happened that has traumatized you so much?’. Just the other day I found the Betty Crocker page on Facebook and pressed the ‘like’ button. I do this sort of thing to keep tabs on the unhealthy products that these types of companies are pushing. I then posted on their wall the following message:

If you made organic cake mixes you would make some people very happy. Just Saying. 🙂

Now, I see nothing wrong with what I wrote, I was just trying to tell them that if they made organic cake mixes it would be welcome by a group of people that their current products aren’t geared towards. Soon after that I saw them make a wall post asking ‘moms’ how they felt about one of their ads. I wrote the following response to them:

What about those of us who aren’t moms? *sniffle*

I was genuinely wondering why they would only ask ‘moms’ such a question. Childless women and even men also like cake and all sorts of desserts. I went happily around the net for about twenty minutes afterwards thinking that I had done nothing wrong. Boy, did I have a surprise waiting for me!

Betty Crocker not only deleted both my wall post and my response, they also banned me from making wall posts and made me ‘unlike’ them. Yes, apparently Betty Crocker does not like anybody who mentions the word ‘organic’ or who is not a mom. When a company has a Facebook page one assumes that they are open to discussion about their products and are open to hearing suggestions brought forth by consumers. Apparently the only purpose of their page is to advertise their products and to showcase on it consumers who don’t question what is inside of them. I wonder then how seriously does Betty Crocker actually take the general public? It really seems as if they are living in their own little cake world in which all consumers are happy with their products and will buy any new disgusting concept that they bring forth to the market.

Contending with a questioning consumer is obviously not something Betty Crocker is good at or they wouldn’t have deleted my posts or banned me from posting on their page. I am not a mom and I eat pretty healthy, so I am some sort of exotic beast that they must push out of their cake jungle instead of responding to me and showing me some respect by answering what I wrote. I don’t in any way fit into their demographic, so I must be ignored.

What has this taught me? This whole thing has just confirmed what I have already known; most food companies do not care about what you think at all. They really don’t. As long as there are people out there who will buy and eat their junk they will ignore those who question what they make and how they conduct business. The most important thing that we can do is to keep questioning them and not let them think that we are just going to go away when they ignore us. In order to gain respect you have to give it and I have none for Betty Crocker.


WhoNu? Cookies Are Anything But Healthy

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 – consumerservices@suncorepr​

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.