Thursday, April 1, 2010

S'Macked! Read Ya Labels, People!

I was craving mac n' cheese yesterday in a big way. I know it is because I woke up at 0 dark thirty to do the yoga class with Bob Harper, and when I am tired my body craves cheesy carbs. Instead of getting the old standby of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, I decided to go with a less naughty option and thought I would get some Amy's Mac n' Cheese.

I really like Amy's products and usually trust them, but I wanted to share why always reading labels even on "health" foods is important. The first box I grabbed was the low sodium mac.

I'm not fooled by "organic pasta" making it healthy, but I was impressed by the label. Not too bad. 400 calories, 16 grams of fat, and 290 mg of sodium. I knew and could identify all the ingredients, and there wasn't any added sugar.

Then I saw that Amy's had a new mac with gluten free pasta and a dairy free "cheese". Hmm, could this be the healthier choice? Doesn't gluten free and non-dairy mean healthy?

I was really surprised when I saw the label.

520 calories, 22 grams of fat, 740 mg of sodium, and about twice as many ingredients. If I hadn't been cautious and read the label, I would have ingested way more than I had bargained for.

Remember, never assume a product is healthy! Always read your labels, people.

1 comment:

  1. I was starting to wonder where you had gone when I decided to come on over. My reader has not been updating your site for some reason.

    Good advice about reading labels. I try to remember what Dr. Oz said about not going for the head fake.

    I was looking for some wheat crackers a little bit lower in saturated fat and thought I had found a box but when I remembered to scan the ingredients, I saw that there was high fructose corn syrup in the mix and put them back on the shelf.