While shopping at major chain supermarket, I noticed a box of Organic Oreo Cookies in another shopper’s cart. This is the first time I saw this product and I couldn’t help but talk to the shopper about this product. There are many junk/snack foods that are made with organic ingredients (and are not necessarily 100% organic) . The problem is that when people see the word “organic”, they immediately associate it with being healthier, which then leads people to believe it has less calories, making us believe we can eat more of it.
I shop at Whole Foods which is a well known organic supermarket. Whole Foods has an incredible bakery where you can get freshly baked cakes, pastries, breads, cookies, etc., made from 100% organic ingredients. I do my best to avoid this part of the store (the aromas are overwhelming!) because I know that one of their cookies, cakes, pastries, etc., are calories I want to avoid. Just because a cookie is organic, it doesn’t mean it has less calories than a non organic cookie. It’s still a cookie!
There are many organic snack foods (chips, pretzels, etc.,) on the market as well and the same applies to these foods too. Just because a chip, pretzel, etc., says it’s organic, don’t be misled into thinking it has less calories than it’s non-organic counter part.
If you are going to “treat” yourself, by all means, choose an organic treat over a non-organic treat. What makes the “organic” cookie better is that if it is made from 100% organic ingredients, (remember, made with organic ingredients doesn’t make it 100% organic and will not have the USDA Organic seal on the box) it will be made with ingredients you can actually pronounce, will probably not contain high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, artificial sweeteners or other additives that you want to avoid.
However, keep in mind, that while you are enjoying that organic treat, it’s not lower in calories.