I must be out of the loop. Supposedly these things have been around for a while and I haven’t noticed them. I guess I haven’t taken the time to wade through the sea of fatties with their annoying fat kids at my local Super Wal-Mart to get to the UBER-Convenience frozen foods aisle.
You know… the aisle where you go when you’ve decided that you never want to cook another healthy meal or snack for yourself ever again. The ease and appeal of those brightly colored and well marketed boxes in the freezer are so great to you that you’re willing to ignore the numerous signs on the nutrition label and ingredients list that tell you you’re going to die a slow and chubby death.
This product to me is the epitome of laziness. Anyone who buys this product has givin up on themselves and the idea of ever being a healthy human being. If they are a parent, they should be shot for giving this to their kids. No argument, no matter how good, could convince me that you don’t have enough time to fix your kids a REAL PB&J for their lunch or a snack.
So let’s take a look at the ingredients list, shall we? In case you didn’t know (and you should), ingredients lists are in order of the ingredient with the largest amount in the product listed first, and the least amount listed last. For this product, bread, peanut butter, and jelly all have separate lists.
Bread: Flour, water, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP (HFCS), yeast, etc…
Strawberry Jam: Strawberries, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, Pectin, Citric Acid, etc…
See for yourself. Besides the popular strawberry flavored HFCS PB&J, they also have grape, or with just PB & no J. They even have a PB&Honey version. Here’s the ingredients listed for just the “honey”:
Honey Spread: CORN SYRUP, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, water, HONEY, pectin, natural flavor, citric acid, potassium sorbate (preservative), caramel color, calcium chloride.
Sounds yummy eh? Does anyone else not remember their grandmother picking up some high fructose corn syrup at the local market so that she could bake a loaf of bread? Look, i’m not trying to kid myself, I know it’s hard to find something that doesn’t have HFCS in it these days. But something as pure and simple as a PB&J sandwich? I’m going to barf.
I’m not going to bore you with the details of how bad HFCS is for your body, or that it is closely linked to obesity and diabetes (especially childhood diabetes). So you can bore yourself if you want by reading THIS VERY GOOD ARTICLE. I recommend it. THIS ONE is good too.