The other morning before work I hit the grocery to grab some breakfast I could keep in my desk. (Because I’m always running out the door with no time to eat). I browsed the oatmeal selection and I was firstly disappointed I didn’t see anything jumping out to me as superior or healthy. So I was looking through the Quaker boxes and compared 2 different variety packs, “Weight Control” and “Lower Sugar.”
Here’s a Quick Comparison of the Nutrition Facts which led me to my decision (Based on Maple Brown Sugar Flavor in each)
So I was particularly interested in Fiber, Sugar, and Protein. The clear winner was Weight Control, with double the fiber, 1/4th the sugar, and extra protein. I also knew the extra calories and fat content would help keep me satisfied longer. So I picked up the Weight Control variety pack and hit the checkout.
When I got to work, I prepared my bowl of oatmeal- the first flavor I grabbed, which was Cinnamon. It smelled pretty good. I took my first bite and almost spit it out. I could tell immediately that it was loaded with some artificial sweetener (poison). Low and Behold as I read the Ingredients I found Maltodextrin, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose. The one that jumped out at me was sucralose – I knew that was an artificial sweetener. But I had to do a little extra research to figure out more about maltodextrin and what the heck was acesulfame potassium!?
It’s a polysaccharide used as a food additive. It’s made in a lab and put into processed foods like candy and soda. It digests quickly and is absorbed rapidly as glucose (can you say sugar spike?)
Natural and Artificial Flavor
Pretty self explanatory, more science lab food. uck.
It’s an artificial sweetener, also known as Acesulfame K or Ace K (K = potassium). It is marketed under the trade names Sunett and Sweet One. It was discovered by a chemist by accident. It’s approved by the FDA of course, despite research suggesting effecting neurometabolic function in just 40 weeks and other results suggesting chronic usage of acesulfame K may alter of neurological function.
It’s an artificial sweetener sweeter than sugar, saccharine, and aspartame. This is probably what caused me to almost spit it out. You may also know sucralose as Splenda. From my research I see it’s also known as “Candys” (sounds like a slang drug word right?)
So with that said, I will be trying to pawn off this box of packaged oatmeal garbage and looking for an alternative to stash in my desk. When I’m home I use plain Quaker Old Fashioned oats and a little bit of pure maple syrup.
How many times have you experienced buyer’s remorse after grocery shopping?