Back in the good old days when I was a kid, Cheezits used to be one of my favorite snacks to eat. From their bold cheese flavor to their perfect bite sized shape, it became one of my favorites. But as I grew up and went through an awakening of what foods I should really be eating, I found out that these perfect cheese crackers weren’t so perfect.
I’m sure most of you have had your fair of Cheezits over the years, but have you ever tried to read the ingredient label on this delectable snack ? Cheezits, along with every type of junk food out there, has been so very cleverly marketed to all ages that make everyone, even the most strict dieter, want to eat them. If you don’t believe me watch the YouTube video above. I’ll have to admit myself, it made me laugh and by the end I almost wanted to buy a box of Cheezits. With slogans like, “Made with 100% real cheese,” or “Real Cheese Matters,” it almost creates a sense of credibility and wholesomeness in their product that makes you feel comfortable to buy and eat it. Even if you do read the ingredient list (which can go on for miles) you think back to the commercial like the one above or the big slice of cheese with perfect cheese crackers on the front and think: “Well, it’s made with real cheese, isn’t it?”
I won’t deny the fact that Cheezits are made with real cheese, but at what expense? Cheezits main ingredient is enriched (refined) flour. As many of you may know, anything refined, like white flour, is devoid of all (or almost all) of its nutrients. In addition, refined flour is also notorious for spiking blood sugar levels as well as being a main contributor to weight gain that could ultimately lead to obesity and Type II diabetes. But wait, it gets better. The second ingredient is usually some type of oil, such as soybean, canola, or safflower oil. This doesn’t seem that bad until you discover the fact that virtually all of these sources are genetically modified organisms (GMOs). I know there is much debate over the safety of GM foods, but in my opinion and many studies, they are 100% harmful to us (learn more about GMOs here).
As we continue our journey down the ingredient list we finally get to the “real cheese” found in Cheezits. This cheese comes from pasteurized skim milk that seems wholesome enough unless you knew that most of the milk in this country comes from sick cows who are on antibiotics and growth hormones. I can go on and on, but I think you see the point. Cheezits aren’t so perfect like they’re made out to be.
Forgive me for the dark turn that lead to a rant, but I just don’t understand how they (the people who sell and regulate food) can put this stuff in what we eat. Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think of what’s really in our food.