You Deserve Better Than Your '90s Snacks

Dunkaroos Are Coming Back to Stores This Summer!

You know you loved them, we all did. If you grew up in the ’90s, you probably consumed junk foods like Dunkaroos, or you know someone who did. The iconic snack is making its way back to shelves this summer, and people are going crazy about it. The reality is- these favorite snack foods contain nothing but sugar and hydrogenated fats.

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This dynamic duo of kangaroo cookies and vanilla frosting has over 31 ingredients, most unpronounceable. When it comes to diet and health, a simple mantra to stick by is, “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.” Kids may be attracted to the cookie and confetti icing, but parents need to know the nutrition facts behind this snack to understand how bad it is for your health.

Looking more specifically into the nutrition content, Dunkaroos contain 12 grams of sugar, 110 calories and 75 grams of sodium. These numbers might not seem high, but when you compare it to the recommended amount of added sugar per day, you will second guess grabbing a pack of Dunkaroos on your way out the door. For children, the recommended amount of added sugar per day is between 3- 6 teaspoons. Think about other foods consumed in a day that already contain added sugars before giving Dunkaroo’s to your child, which will put them at half of their recommended daily allotment. The American Heart Association recommends that men should consume no more than 9 teaspoons or 36 grams per day and women no more than 6 teaspoons or 25 grams per day for a healthy heart. It’s important to carefully read food labels and understand that added sugar may be disguised as other names on a label. There are at least 61 names for sugar on a food label; some common names include sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, barley malt, and maltose. While product labels list total sugar content, manufacturers are not required to say whether that total includes added sugar. This makes it difficult to know how much of the total comes from added sugar and how much comes from natural ingredients like fruit and milk.

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In the last 20 years, American’s have learned to pay more attention to their eating habits and are more conscious about the foods they are putting into their body. If Americans were more focused on nutrition throughout the ’90s, fewer people today would be suffering from chronic diseases caused by poor nutrition and lifestyle choices. Although Dunkaroo’s are the new craze and millennials are eagerly awaiting their arrival on the shelves, don’t give in to the pressures you once did years ago. Instead of imagining yourself being a kid again eating your pack of Dunkaroo’s, picture yourself as the adult you are today, making better choices for you and your future.

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