It’s black and white and yummy all over. An OREO is a delicious chocolate cookie sandwich that has a creamy milk filling.

Oreos contain ingredients such as sugar, enriched flour, reduced iron, and calcium. Enriched flour is a ingredient that is good and bad for you because it has calcium and nutrients but it can have germs if not removed properly. Iron is really good, it can help children’s bodies.  Calcium prevents a frequent bone disease called osteoporosis.  Sugar is a familiar ingredient in cookies and other desserts. Too much is unhealthy for you.

Oreos are rated B- because there are 3.5 teaspoons of sugar in each serving, and because they contain high fructose corn syrup.  This ingredient isn’t the healthiest, even sugar is healthier, but it’s not the worst ingredient. Unfortunately, high fructose corn syrup is only used to replace sugar or add flavor and taste.

On many labels there is high fructose corn syrup on the list. It’s very cheap, yet it’s popular.  In the United States sugar is used 2 to 3 times more than any other countries which makes it the principal source of sweetness in processed foods.  This is one of the reasons high fructose corn syrup is in many products. The United States government buys it and imports it everywhere.  They use as a replacement for sugar.  They place it many products.

George A. Bray and others are researchers with the American Society of Clinical Nutrition and they’ve studied high fructose corn syrup and believe it’s a main reason children are obese.  In many products there is HFCS and children are influenced by advertisements.

Oreos aren’t a bad dessert or snack but not all that healthy.  They shouldn’t be in your daily diet.  Eating them once in a while is probably all right.  Other healthier alternatives are homemade vanilla creme cookies or even Raweos.  These are better selections because they’re lower in sugar and calories.

by Elizabeth A.



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