Watermelon or Oreos? How About Watermelon Oreos…

Watermelon or Oreo Watermelon

Summer is time for watermelon. This juicy sweet treat us best served cold and provides one with a sweet hydration dessert. Kids love it, parents love it, and it’s even good for you!

Someone smart at Mondelez wanted to capitalize on that, and for a limited time only, you can now enjoy a watermelon flavored Oreo cookies. The cookie itself is not flavored, only the cream, which is red and green instead of white.

So how bad is it?

What you need to know:
The serving size is 2 cookies (yeah, right!) and will set you back 150 calories. Each cookie is half an ounce in weight and has 1.5 tsp of sugar, as one would expect in sweets.

If you eat a real watermelon, for 1.5 tsp worth of sugar you’ll get about 3 ounces worth of watermelon – about 90% of which is water. Watermelon is a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C.

Here is the ingredient list for watermelon:

watermelon

Here is the ingredient list for Watermelon Oreo:

sugar, unbleached enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate {vitamin B1}, folic acid), palm and/or canola oil, high fructose corn syrup, cornstarch, salt, baking soda, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, artificial color (red 40 lake, yellow 5 lake, blue 1 lake).

You may be scratching your head trying to figure out where the watermelon is in the Oreo. There is none. The taste is achieved by the addition of “natural and artificial flavors”. We’re not too stressed about those. What worries us is the collection of not one, not two, but THREE different artificial colors, known to cause hyperactivity in some children, and tumors in some rats. And of course there’s the high fructose corn syrup.

Of course there are no nutritional benefits to Oreo cookies, unlike a watermelon. There are benefits to Oreos though – the product is shelf stable, can be put in a bag, does not require refrigeration to taste great, and won’t leave sticky faces and fingers when consumed.

If you are going to buy Oreos, choose the original variety without the artificial colors. But teach your kids to enjoy watermelon. They’ll thank you one day…

Watermelon Oreos

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  • real deal

    Watermelon is by far my favorite food in the world. I adore them ! But doing anything to a watermelon outside of refrigeration is not appealing to me. And watermelon flavored food items are just wrong. They don’t stand up to the already perfect flavor if the actual thing. When I saw this cookie it made me gag. Smh

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    I always wondered why there is only one oreo flavor!

  • Concerned Reader

    I read fooducate every day and appreciate how it educates the public about food. That being said, I feel like the tone of this article would make someone feel ashamed to eat this cookie. I understand and agree with the information provided, but we can’t make people, particularly children (especially teens who are reading this) feel like eating an artificially dyed cookie is a major “no”. Live a little, eat healthy 80% of the time, and enjoy treats like this in moderation as long as you know you don’t have a condition in which the artificial dye could exacerbate the symptoms. I know you may come back and say this is just education, or that you do offer for people to eat the regular oreos but stay away from the food coloring, but I think sometimes the way future generations are being educated about food now is to be fearful instead of enjoying fun things (healthy or not healthy) every once in awhile.

    • What a joke

      I love this article and I love the tone. Everything is moderation applies to real foods, real treats not something created in a lab. This is a ridiculous cookie.

    • George

      Yes, we can make them feel like this a major “no” and we should. No one should eat these things. They’re poison. Eating healthy 80% of the time is a good time. Then have treats that are made with natural ingredients, real sugar, and no chemicals. There’s simply no reason to touch this kind of garbage and we should fear them. Look what these types of foods have done to the health of our country. It’s shameful.

  • Gabriela…

    The original Oreo has corn syrup ….

  • Kat

    Somebody needs to put the fear in children about eating cookies at all times instead of fruit…great job of creating awareness. We look around and see all these poor little fat kids….yes, with diabetes, and all the health related issues that go with sugar and preservatives and food coloring, etc….FOODUCATE YOU ROCK!!!