Reading the Ingredients
When you want to know what a processed food is made of you want to look at the ingredients listed on the package. From the list of ingredients you can determine if it is a product that you want to consume. The order in which the ingredients are listed is the order in which you can find the greatest quantity of that ingredient in the product.
Reading the list of ingredients will help you identify where your nutrients are coming from and may expose some of the hidden truths that you might not be able to identify from just looking at the nutrition label. For example, the label may say that the product has zero grams of trans fat and then when you read the ingredients you see things like “hydrogenated soybean oil”. Any oil that is hydrogenated produces trans fat. The manufacturer is allowed to put zero on the nutrition label because there are trace amounts of the ingredient or not enough of it to round to a whole number.
Always read the ingredients to know what it is that you are eating. Remember, you are what you eat!
Ingredients of the Cookies
Below is a list of the cookie diet cookie ingredients. It is specific to the coconut cookie; however all cookies have the same base ingredients with variations for flavor purposes. The ingredients are listed in order of quantity. For example, water is the first ingredient followed by glycerin. These two ingredients are the most abundant in the recipe. I have provided a brief description of the ingredients that may not be familiar.
Glycerin is a colorless, odorless, sweet-tasting liquid that acts as a filler in lowfat foods.
Beef Protein Hydrolysate is a sterile solution of amino acids and peptides prepared from a protein by hydrolysis and used as a dietary protein supplement.
Crisp Rice (rice, sugar, malt)
Soybean oil is a vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of a soybean.
Microcrystalline Cellulose is derived from wood pulp to act as a fat substitute and bulking agent in low calorie foods as a texturizer, emulsifier, and extender.
Modified palm oil is a saturated fat derived from the palm tree.
Egg white solids
Whey is the liquid remaining from milk after it has been curdled.
Natural and artificial flavor
Calcium propionate is a synthetic substance used to inhibit mold and other microorganism growth in foods.
A Traditional Cookie
The ingredients of a traditional homemade cookie are flour, sugar, eggs, oil or butter, salt, vanilla, and baking soda. Depending on the type of cookie that you might be baking you could add oats, raisins, chocolate chips, and other ingredients to make your favorite cookie. Store bought cookies typically have other additives to help preserve the quality of the cookie as it sits on the shelf waiting to be purchased. Cookies are an indulgence that we can enjoy in moderate amounts and should not be the main source of calories in your diet.
The Cookie Diet Cookie versus A Traditional Cookie
The cookie diet cookie ingredients are supposedly formulated to satisfy your desire for a cookie and help you stay full. They claim that these cookies contain a proprietary amino acid mixture that results from the blending of various protein substances (beef protein hydrolysate, milk protein, whey, and egg white solids- all identified from reading the ingredients). Protein when coupled with a carbohydrate is supposed to help keep you full and maintain normal blood sugar control. Good blood sugar control will result in fewer cravings and will reduce the likelihood of consuming unnecessary calories. They also use ingredients that contain fiber which will also result in greater satiety.
Each cookie has 90 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 11 grams of carbohydrates, and 5 grams of protein. A traditional homemade cookie will probably give you around the same amount of calories but the macronutrient breakdown will be different. It will have more fat, more carbohydrates, and less protein.
Other than the ingredients and the nutritional breakdown, the taste and texture will play a huge role in whether or not you will be satisfied by this cookie. More often than not, it is a mental game that we play when we are trying to satisfy our cravings. If you feel comfortable consuming processed foods these cookies may be right for you and with a balanced diet they may help you stay on the straight and narrow path to your weight loss goals. Whether or not they will satisfy your desire for a cookie is really for you to decide.
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service www.ams.usda.gov
Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet www.cookiediet.com