Lately, I have been going to Target less and less. I don’t buy any food items there. Just diapers, wipes and things like that. Today on my trip there I decided to take some pics of a few popular processed foods and their labels. So the first one I go to is, of course, Kraft Mac and Cheese. Here is the two “healthier” options they have.
And here are the labels.
As you can see there is a ridiculous amount of sodium and sugar. If you were making homemade mac and cheese, you wouldn’t add sugar so why do they? They do it because sugar is a cheap filler. Remember, these are the whole grain and organic options! Now onto the ingredients.
The “whole grain” product contains artificial food dyes. You can read more about those here. The “organic” product contains annatto as a food coloring. You can read about that here.
Here is the Annie’s brand of mac and cheese.
And here is the label.
As you can see here, there is still a substantial amount of sodium and still some sugar too.
Let’s look at the ingredients.
Annie’s may be a better choice, but keep in mind the sodium factor. These products are made to sit on store and warehouse shelves for 2 + years. That is why they add so much sodium. You can read more about high sodium risk factors here.
Lastly on the list are two products given to toddlers. I used to give these to Meadow before we started this path to eating unprocessed. I was pretty shocked.
Seen these before right? Here is the label that I never bothered to read up until 6 months ago. I just trusted the box.
The second ingredient is fructose aka processed sugar. The first ingredient? Processed flour. The sixth ingredient is also sugar. Corn solids is on there too. Corn is one of the most genetically altered foods out there. Since this brand is not organic, it also contains GMO’s. You couldn’t pay me to feed this to my kids now. Nasty!
Here is another Gerber baby product.
Here is the label.
This product contains high fructose corn syrup. Highly refined sugar. I would never give these to my kids either. Gerber is owned by Nestle, one of the companies that is fighting against Prop 37. In other words, they don’t want you to know whats in their food.
So the moral of this story is to always read your labels!