Friday, June 10, 2005

Frosted Animal Crackers

My grandmother on my father's side taught me three extremely bad habits - watching Days of Our Lives, drinking (sugared) Mountain Dew, and eating frosted animal crackers - you know, those pink and white shortbread things with the little candy dots on them. I've successfully cured myself of the first two vices, and I was pretty sure I had cured myself of the third - but now that I have a kid, I find myself rationalizing their occassional presence in the house as a special treat for Eryn - something I had as a kid. Yet, even when Eryn doesn't get them regularly, they disappear. I'm pretty sure I know who the culprit is, and it's not Pooteewheet or the dog. So, it seems like a reasonable vice, right? Not up there with alcohol every day (although Summit and frosted animal crackers are downright disgusting together, so at least they're not compoundable habits), or a porn addiction. Well...consider this...

"So how could 15 cute little Keebler Frosted Animal Crackers end up with more sat fat than a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder and more sugar than a Hershey’s Chocolate Bar? Check the back of the bag. The second ingredient (sugar is first) is “partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed and/or palm oils.” ‘Nuf said. A single-serve, two-ounce bag delivers 290 calories, nine grams of saturated fat, and 28 grams (seven teaspoons) of tooth-decaying sugar. That’s twice the sugar—and six times the sat fat—you’d get in the same-size box of Ernie’s Animal Crackers, which is Keebler’s frost-free version."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How about the KAT! or is that CAT! She also made sure you had a horse to ride and a fordson tractor. Then the horse came to live at your house.