There's WHAT in My Snack?!



Don't you just hate it when you think you're making a relatively healthy snack choice and find out - No, not so much?!   



Don't you just hate it when you think you're making a relatively healthy snack choice and find out - No, not so much?!  While SunChips have never claimed to be a "health" food, their positioning has always been geared around being a relatively better choice (versus other bagged snack foods).  I even know of people who didn't really enjoy the chips, but chose them over potato chips or other bagged options thinking it was "at least a little healthier."  (Those clever Marketers, once again - even the name sounds happy and healthy!) If you are one of these people, here's another reason to skip the snack chips altogether and reach for the apple or carrot sticks (preferable organic, of course).   

A post in Rodale shares that this popular item is actually full of some pretty disturbing ingredients.

"GMO Free USA, a national advocacy group, recently announced that Frito Lay's SunChips tested positive for glyphosate, a popular weed-killing chemical and the active ingredient in Roundup. The testing also revealed the chips contained genetically engineered ingredients. (GE technology often relies on heavy applications of glyphosate on food crops, and the chemical winds up in the food you eat.)

The public advocacy group, whose mission is to harness independent science and agroecological concepts to advocate for sustainable food and ecological systems, found that a quantitative test verified by DNA analysis discovered that 100 percent of the corn in the SunChips came from GMO sources, containing DNA sequences known to be present in insecticide-producing Bt and Roundup Ready corn."

Why should you be concerned?  Because this chemical "has been linked to certain cancers, including lymphoma, and to DNA damage, premature births, birth defects, and ADHD, according to previous research."  Studies continue to be published linking GMOs to obesity, diabetes, heart problems and circulatory disorders. 

So what should you choose instead?  As a health coach, of course I'm going to encourage you to choose fresh fruits and vegetables. Nuts and seeds make great choices too. Make them an easy grab and go option by:

  1. Buying them!
  2. Prepping them as soon as you get home. Cut up carrots, celery, bell peppers or whichever veggies you prefer and store them in easy to grab containers or plastic bags.  
  3. Keeping them visible so you remember to take them with you.  Place apples, oranges and those prepared veggies at eye level in the fridge.  Tip:  Put your car keys in the fridge on top of them so you can't leave the house without seeing them!  (Yes, I'm kidding!)
  4. Packing nuts and seeds in "To Go" containers or snack bags and put them in your purse, messenger bag or on by your cell phone - you certainly won't forget that!

And remember that by definition, GMOs are not allowed in organic food.  So you can limit exposure to these chemicals by choosing organic - whether you're choosing fresh fruits and veggies or packaged snack foods. 

For the full Rodale post, click here