For this video health tip, Tony spends time in the grocery store to break down some healthier snack options to satisfy your cravings.
Tony explains that “Cheddar Bunnies” are a much healthier alternative to the popular snack “Cheeze-Its” because Cheddar Bunnies do not contain TBHQ, a controversial preservative that McDonalds removed from its Chicken McNuggets and that the Federal government has limited the use of. One of the two Cheeze-it packages on the shelf contained Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), a flavor enhancer with a troubled history. MSG is used in scientific studies to fatten lab rats. Literally, the same exact chemical in our food is injected into lab rats to make them obese. Stands to reason that this chemical may make humans obese too.
According to the FDA’s website, “Over the years, FDA has received reports of symptoms such as headache and nausea after eating foods containing MSG. However, we were never able to confirm that the MSG caused the reported effects.”
According to the Australian version of the FDA, “The most frequently reported symptoms are
headache, numbness/tingling, flushing, muscle tightness, and generalised weakness. More recently, the term MSG symptom complex has been used… The reports of MSG-triggered (ailments) were followed in the early 1980s by reports of a possible association between MSG and the triggering of bronchospasm/ bronchoconstriction in small numbers of asthmatics.
Tony breaks down why “Newman O’s” are a healthier option than Oreos in the video. Of course, both versions of the cookie are loaded with sugar, but Oreos are loaded with high fructose corn syrup. To read more about why high fructose corn syrup should be avoided, click here. Oreos also contain food dyes (unlike the Newman O’s) which have a mountain of evidence suggesting they’re harmful, especially for children. Click here for more information about food dyes.
Sources: https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/publications/documents/MSG%20Technical%20Report.pdf; https://www.fda.gov/food/food-additives-petitions/questions-and-answers-monosodium-glutamate-msg