WhoNu Cookies

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Whether nutrient-fortified cookies are a good or bad idea depends on what foods they are replacing and what else is being consumed in the diet.

WhoNu Cookies (http://whonucookies.com)

Why Interesting to Global Food Forums:
An ad in February, 2012 Sunday paper showed a nutrient-fortified “Oreo-looking” cookie. The Oreo brand generally takes an “indulgent” market position rather than a health positioning. Upon closer look, the range of cookies is being marketed by ©Suncore Products, LLC. (not the Nabisco Division of Kraft Foods).

The question that still remains is whether the product is a “good idea.” It has been criticized on a number of consumer sites. If one takes a “the glass is half empty” view, it is a bad idea since consumption of oatmeal, blueberries, spinach, cottage cheese and fruit is a better idea than trying to get comparable nutrients from a cookie. The glass half full view says it’s a good idea. Its nutrient profile should not be compared to whole foods presented in a meal, but to other cookies and desserts which it replaces.
Indeed, a separate FAQs section asks and answers:
Q: If I (my kids) eat these cookies, can I (they) stop eating fruits and vegetables?
A: Absolutely not, our cookies are intended to replace indulgent snacks that offer no nutritional value but in no way are they intended to replace healthy eating habits of which eating fruits and vegetables play an important part.

Claims Made:
In the newspaper ad: “As much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal*, As much calcium and vitamin D as an 8 oz. glass of milk* and As much vitamin C as a cup of blueberries*
Also 0g Trans Fat, No Hydrogenated Oils, No High Fructose Corn Syrup

Website also notes: As much iron as a cup of spinach, As much vitamin A as an 8 oz. glass of tomato juice, As much vitamin E as two cups of carrot juice and As much vitamin B12 as a cup of cottage cheese and fruit.

* WhoNu?™ Cookies are an excellent source of Calcium, Iron, Vitamins A, B12, C, D and E. They also have 3 grams of fiber and a total of 20 essential vitamins and minerals.

Nutrition Facts Panel:
See http://whonucookies.com/Chocolate.aspx

Of note: One serving (3 cookies) provides 12% USDA Daily Value for Dietary Fiber (or 3gms), 25% DV of vitamin C and of vitamin D, 20% DV of vitamin A, iron, vitamin E and B12 among other vitamins and minerals.

Ingredients:
Sugar, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oils (Canola, Palm, Palm Kernel Oil, Soybean Oil And Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed And Coconut Oil), Cocoa, Dextrose, Polydextrose, Yellow Corn Flour, Corn Syrup, Baking Soda, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Monoglycerides, Vanilla Extract.
Vitamins & Minerals: Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin C (Asorbic Acid), Iron Orthophosphate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Oxide, Manganese Gluconate, Iodine, Chromium Chloride, Vitamin E (Tocopherol Acetate), Vitamin A (Palmitate), Biotin, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), Vitamin D3, Vitamin K (Phytonadione), Vitamin B1 (Thiamine Mononitrate), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid.
♦ Fiber is added primarily from polydextrose (cocoa can also contribute).
♦  Sweetness is provided by sugar, dextrose and corn syrup.

– Claudia O’Donnell, Global Food Forums
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