Remember eating Barnum’s Animal Crackers as a snack when you were a child? I used to love them! My Mom thought that since they didn’t have sugar in them, that they were a healthy snack. Carrying on this tradition, I have always thought that animal crackers were a healthy alternative (or at least healthier) to Oreos, brownies, cakes and other sugary treats that children seem to crave.
So what’s up with the animal crackers? The Barnum Animal Crackers contain high fructose corn syrup, one of the biggest culprits behind child obesity in this country.
Ingredients: ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], FOLIC ACID), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, SOYBEAN OIL, YELLOW CORN FLOUR, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL, CALCIUM CARBONATE (SOURCE OF CALCIUM), BAKING SODA, SALT, SOY LECITHIN (EMULSIFIER), ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.
Since starting this blog, I keep finding more and more things that are unhealthy for my kids…but are being advertised as being healthy! As I find them, I will update you with the ingredients and products that are being advertised as healthy. This way, you can be sure your children stay healthy too!