CVS, the mega-pharmacy chain, has introduced a new line of store brand products called “Just the Basics”.
Just the Basics offers shoppers a large selection of practical items from a variety of categories throughout the store, including household, beauty, baby and personal care. The products start at 67 cents and can be found at store locations nationwide and online at CVS.com. read more…
Included in the line are bite size teddy bear cookies for tots. Wanna know how they make ‘em so cheap?
What you need to know:
Take a look at the ingredient list. The ingredients are the cheapest you can find – enriched flour, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated oils. Why use butter when you can use trans-fat laden hydrogenated oils (soybean, the cheapest, of course). Why use whole wheat when refined flour is so cheap?
On to the nutrition facts. This thing contains 1.5 grams of trans-fat. Why in the world would any parent want their children consuming trans-fat?
There is also a blatant and clear mistake on the the fiber value. No way on earth can an enriched flour provide 2 grams of fiber in a 1 ounce serving. If there’s 1 gram in it, that’s a miracle.
Shame on CVS for creating a product that is so blatantly unhealthy. And then misleading with an erroneous nutrition label as well.
What to do at the supermarket:
Buying cookies for your toddler, look for absolutely no partially hydrogenated oils.