Unhealthy VS “Healthy” Snack Foods – Mind Over Munch

Unhealthy VS “Healthy” Snack Foods – Mind Over Munch

Unhealthy VS “Healthy” Snack Foods – Mind Over Munch

By Bryan Wright 100 Comments October 10, 2019


Hey friends! After my unhealthy health
foods or deceivingly unhealthy foods episode a lot of you requested that I
do a part 2. So today I am drawing inspiration from that and I am sharing
5 unhealthy healthy snack foods. So that is snacks that are marketed with
claims that they are healthy but I’m gonna show you today that they actually
aren’t much better for you than their conventional counterparts. Pretty much I
went to the store, I sat down on the floor, and I read the labels for hours. First up: veggie chips. Did you see my
organic foods rant video? Oh look! These are free from 101 artificial preservatives and ingredients
and they look organic. First let’s talk about macros and compare these two a
good old-fashioned bag of potato chips. So side-by-side you can see that the
macros are pretty similar. So the first thing you want to do when you compare 2
labels is make sure that the serving size is the same and when you look at
that here you see it’s 1 ounce and 28 grams for both so great
this is easy. There is only a 30 calorie and 3 grams of fat difference between
the two which isn’t really that much and the carbohydrates are exactly the same
and when most people think about what scares them with these unhealthy snack foods like
chips what do they think? Carbs, yes. Now we must remember carbs are not the enemy
and neither of these choices are bad because of the carbs. Carbs are fantastic
fuel and so are potatoes but both of these have so much added fat that they
aren’t really offering any fuel and it’s not healthy fat. So the main reason
that these and most of the other items you’re gonna look at today aren’t
healthy is because they aren’t fuel. So once you look at the nutrition label
you’re gonna wanna move down to the ingredients list and I always say that a
shorter ingredients list is better. But wait! The original lays have less ingredients!
So yes, the lays only require potatoes, oil, and salt. That’s a pretty short list
and remember that these labels are required to put those ingredients in
order of most used to least used in the product. So there’s obviously mostly
potatoes followed by oil and salt. The veggie chips however have a longer list.
Probably because of all the vegetables The first ingredient is potatoes. Where are the veggies? Oh wait, there they are at the bottom. There is tomato puree, spinach powder, and beet powder for color.
So this means there isn’t really any vegetables in these. If there were there would be
a little bit of fiber. Which we can see comparing the 2 there’s not. There’s
the exact same amount 1 gram of fiber in both. These chips are dyed these colors to make me
think they’re nutritious! How rude! So as you can see these are pretty much fried potatoes. That’s what chips
are and even a lot of the baked brands have just as much oil and fat as the
healthier healthier veggie chips or the classic potato chips and they’re going
to try and get you with the claims. They’re gluten-free, no preservatives, reduced fat.
But remember these claims don’t make an item healthy. They don’t make it fuel. They
just make them less bad. The unfortunate truth in there isn’t really a healthy
chip that is providing fuel on the market. I guess quest chips might kind of count. Now options like these oh so delicious snap
pea crisps might be considered a little bit better. They do have a little bit
less fat and a little bit more fiber the base is a true vegetable but it’s still a
vegetable that is baked in a ton of oil. With that much added fat it can
hardly count as a vegetable. Next up, fruit snacks. Oh so these are
just like fruits but in gummy form. Not quite in reality these aren’t much
better for you than the traditional gummy bear. Now if you watched my healthy
candy choices from Halloween then you’ll know that gummy candies have their own
nutritional drawbacks. Alright so comparing the macros of these the first
thing we have to recognize is the serving size is not the same 23 grams
for the gummies and 39 grams for the gummy bears. So let’s take a look at what happens to
the macros when we change the 39 grams of gummy bears to equate to the 23 grams.
Cross multiply, divide, channel your 7th grade math teacher, and WHOA they’re the same. Yup, the macros are almost identical. Please note that even though these are fruity
there is no fiber noted even in the label at all. How about the ingredients? Is
there actually any fruit? The lists are about the same length, the organic might
actually have a little bit of a longer list. Both of the fruit snacks contains some
fruit juice from concentrate but we know if you watch my concentrates video that
concentrate isn’t really good for us either. It’s not fuel. Now the first
ingredient in all of these is corn syrup the organic is tapioca syrup but that
is pretty much a replacement for corn syrup. Now tapioca is made from cassava or yucca. It’s a woody shrub or root usually grown in South America. It is still pure sugar it is just as
dense in calories, it just doesn’t sound as scary. Admittedly the gummy bears do
use artificial colorings to get those unnatural colors and both of the fruit
snacks use natural color. So I guess that’s a thumbs up. Still these do not qualify as
fuel and are by no means a fruit substitute. Moving on! Sandwich cookies. Well that’s funny these look just like Oreos. That is funny cuz that’s what we’re comparing them to. Alright so looking at
the macros comparing the serving size we have 27 grams compared to 34
grams only a seven gram difference between the two. But note for 3 Oreo cookies
you only get 2 Newman’s cookies. For the sake of consistency let’s do that math
again and compare these same amount for both 27 grams and we find that they are
the exact same, pretty much. A little bit less fat in the Oreos even. Wowza! So let’s
look at the the ingredients list. They’re both about the same length. The first
ingredient for the Oreos is unbleached enriched flour. So we know that is
refined and offers essentially no fuel. But take a look at the first ingredient
on the healthy oreos organic powdered sugar. At least it’s organic.
Essentially these are both refined sugar and refined flour cookies. They aren’t fuel and some people will say ‘Well I’d rather get the organic snacks because I know the ingredients are better and there is less sugar” but as you can see that is not the case. The first ingredient in these is sugar
and they are cookies. They should really be an occasional treat not a daily one
and if we are consuming these regularly we aren’t doing our bodies or our kids
bodies any good. I’m not saying to not buy them do whatever you want I’m just
saying we have to be honest about what these are and these are not any healthier than the
reg. We now have yogurt covered anything. At Whole Foods I picked out these yogurt
covered goji berries because MAN DO THEY SEEM HEALTHY! What even is a goji berry? It
looks disgusting so it must be good for me. Yogurt-covered items might as well be
chocolate covered items. The coating is just sugar and oil and maybe you’ll find
some milk or yogurt somewhere down there on the ingredient list and again there’s
that healthy tapioca. We could of course just compare these yogurt covered goji berries to yogurt
covered raisins but we’re gonna take it a step further and compare it to the
chocolate covered raisins cuz I want to show you they’re literally the same. So
again let’s make sure we’re looking at the same serving size, which we are not.
So we’re gonna adjust the Raisinets to match the goji berries and we find… You gotta be kidding me! Nope the Raisinets are the same infact they have a few less calories and the
ingredients list is just as long. Truth is a raisin isn’t bad either
until you cover it in sugar and oil. These gojis are literally the same thing.
These are candy. The dark chocolate ones too. In my moderation rant video I briefly touch on
dark chocolate and a lot of people seemed confused about whether or not it
is healthy. So if you are interested in me doing a dark chocolate video please
comment below and let me know. Last but certainly not least, a salty corn puff. I hate to break it
to you but these salty goods are essentially Cheetos in disguise. Macros both are
28 grams per serving only 20 calorie difference. Now admittedly the Pirates
booty does have half the fat which is awesome but it also has about 30 percent
more carbs and no they’re not the fuel kind. You win some you lose some.
Ingredients wise the first ingredient in both is cornmeal. It is worthy to note
that the Cheetos use enriched cornmeal. So that pretty much means that the
nutrients have been stripped and then added back in. It pretty much means they
are more processed or that the corn meal is more processed but that doesn’t make
the Pirates Booty a clean choice either. It does use slightly less ingredients
and oil which is good don’t get me wrong but it’s a treat, it’s not fuel. I know I’m sad too.
Those of you who wonder what we do with these foods that we share in these
educational videos that we don’t use we return them. I said the ones we
don’t use. But seriously guys this video is not here to campaign against these
items. I love processed foods it’s a problem. They are a huge weakness of mine. I like
to indulge in them here and there. I actually can’t even buy them in my house
because I have no control but the fact is as delicious as they are they’re not
fuel, they are not whole foods and because of that they should not be a part of our regular
daily diet and remember we crave what we eat. So if we eat these a lot or if our kids
eat these a lot then we’re going to crave them more. So if we do choose to indulge in these
on occasion or let or kids indulge in these on occasion we just need to be honest
with ourselves and our kids about the fact that these are not healthy for our
bodies. It doesn’t matter if they’re lower in calories, fat, and carbs or not. They’re not fuel. Now if I’m really craving a processed food one
option that helps me is buying these single-serve packets. I get it. I enjoy it
at that moment and then I move on from it. I don’t keep a bunch of it in the house
to temp me. So I hope you guys found this video insightful and moderately
interesting. Please give it a thumbs up if you want more videos like this and if
you wouldn’t mind sharing it was someone else so that they can learn about this
too that would be amazing. I hope you guys have a fantastic week and remember
especially when choosing healthy junk foods it’s all a matter of Mind Over Munch.

100 Comments found

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Earl Small

I knew it wasn't good for me, but now I know the full truth….I get it..NOT FUEL!!

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anja

What about rice or corn cakes?I always read the ingridiens and it only says rice/corn and have about 80 calories per 100g.And popcorn?Is it really bad if it's butter-free and home made?

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Kay L.

Just to let you know that most stores have a no reshelving policy when it comes to food… Any food even cans. If you return food it gets thrown away period. No matter why you return it. You might want to keep that in mind when you do these videos and find out your stores reshelving policy before everything you just returned gets thrown away.

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Serenity Hansford

You are so cheesy and quirky I love it! Your videos are very informative and fun to watch, and I love how you break it down. Three days ago I started a complete lifestyle change and I make green smoothies every morning, I just tried that sweet potato toast with peanut butter and banana and I love it. I'm excited about watching more videos 🙂 Great job

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Arthi Sridhar

I'm addicted to your channel! Your informative videos are extremely helpful. Thanks a bunch, Mind over Munch!

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Mastewal Worku

please do a dark choc video

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Shira Kohn

Plz awner if u had to pick one to eat. Which one would be healthier Chito's are pirates booty

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xPumpkinWitchx

Wow crisp bags are big where you come from…

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Scorched Earth

What's deal with having to alter serving sizes? Don't you have the nutritional values in both serving size and data for 100g of the product as well? We've got both, side by side, in New Zealand. It makes products easier to compare. So what's the story with comparing serving sizes?

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TigerButt Films

Also the OREOshave palm oil which is forcing the animals in the rainforests to go extinct.

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68CamaroRS/SS

This lady is hotter than 99.9% of the 21 year old girls I see here in America

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Mazol G

OMG this video is an eye opener thanks so much for posting this because sometimes I think that the chips are actually healthy when they have that label

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Sam Riv Chats

I really love your videos and appreciate your honesty and realness. Please make a video about different hot sauces!! I love tobasco.

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silvia magda

How rude! 🙂

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Ciara Corr

thank u so much

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Les Kraft

you totally crack me up. great video and lots of info.

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PhantomOfTSOYV

Please tell me more about DARK CHOCOLATE!

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Dayana Perez

Homemade dark chocolate covered almonds pleaseeee

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fer mc

Please make that dark chocolate video! I would love to know if eating dark almost cacao chocolate makes it a
"Clean" treat! Thanks!

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Brittani A

so we're they actually 40% less fat than the Lay's?

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Angel

#BingeWatchAllYourVideosTime

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The Original

this is SO educational! Thank you!

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Winnie The Pooh

I've been bamboozled

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Winnie The Pooh

So moral of the story organic snacks are just as healthy or unhealthy as regular snacks

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Winnie The Pooh

Well I guess we should stick to our lords and saviors fruits and vegetables for snacks

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lilmeeper123

oops I bought veggie chips!

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19islandprincess96

"How rude!"
XD

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Maguava Roon

But pirates booty tastes different- that's why I like it- not that it is healthy 😝

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Bailey Bruner

what do you think of ryhthem foods kale chips?

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jessica m

dark chocolate please!

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LoxoVe

can you please do a video about fiber!!

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Hardee Quinn

How come you never reference sodium content? I noticed that in your fast food video too.

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Beverly Lee

huh. The apple chips has significantly more sodium than the Lays potato chips…. that's a surprise because Lays tastes so salty to me

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Jessthefunsizevegan

that single serving pack idea is a great tip!

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Kelly Liang

Gummy bears are great fuel for distance runners.

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Rania Mohammed

thanks for you video .. i like how u are so relatable!! i too cant control myself from chips , so i try not buying them unless i planned on eating them in one setting.

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A Perfect Mistake

With the oreos the "healthier" ones are way better for you.You can't just look at the sugar in them,that should be the least of your concerns.The oreos have high fructose corn syrup,the Newman's have natural ingredients.I am not saying they are good for you,but they are way better.

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CeeCee Me!

Yes I love you already just subscribed 😘

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Della Kidd

Great video. Why don't the nutritional labels have the breakdowns per 100g? It's compulsory here in New Zealand. No wonder people find it hard to compare options if you have to do a whole lot of maths to equalise the serving sizes first.

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Mzlily09

When you return the food , the store throws it away. You should donate the food instead.

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Miranda Bailey

I feel like foods purchased for videos should be donated rather than returned to the store, unless you're familiar with the store's policies on returned foods and know that the store will donate refunded food items or return them to stock. Most stores are required to throw away refunded food items, even if they clearly have never been opened, for liability and health/food safety law reasons…. just sayin 🤷‍♀️

(Source: have worked in retail for four years lol)

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Suly Saldana

(Please don't take this the wrong way, I mean no harm). At first your voice annoyed me. BUT the information was so good that you started to grow on me. Now I love your show and your voice. Thanks for doing these and education us. You gained a subby 😊😅

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Samarth Bhardwaj

can we trade fresh fruit for frozen fruit ?

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Anita Burke

I've been red pilled so the first place I go is the ingredient list, not the nutrition label. I'm not afraid of a few grams of fat, but get that soy crap outta my face

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Emaleigh Coreyann

on the Cheetos part you say theres only a 20 calorie difference, butif you do choose the better pirates booty popcorn, you're saving 20 carolies which is better than you make it seem

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Katherine Petersorf

OMG I'd have thought that Lays would have more salt/sodium than the "healthy" ones.

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Katherine Petersorf

I use to work at Wal-Mart and at one time Safeway. If someone returns a food item, even unopened the FDA requires we throw it away we can't even donate them. They may not be clean but you should donate them to the food bank or give them to someone who is less fortunate so they are not wasted. 🙂

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Hannah Costa

It's about choosing NON GMO fun/occasional snacks. No chemicals and yes, not good all the time.

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Hannah Costa

I love your videos for great neutral information 🙂

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kittenjewel101

Do rice chips!

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Maddox Lamey

Please make some videos with Australian Snacks. Like if you agree!

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J Church

Chips? 😝🤢 Not a fan at all!

Except if I get my hands on the Dill Pickle kind….. 🤤😭😍 its bad! Lmao.

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Kimberly&Gracie's Journey

Interesting for sure. An eye opener👀

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Stevie Gallagher

Could you 'review' forager chips?

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LegacyEvoAce

Sucks was hoping to see the fruit purée gummies in that gummy comparison.

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Gourmet22

the uk vegetables chips really what they say on the tin.

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Remy N.

You just blew my mind, I never thought to look at food as fuel especially when it came to diet, I always looked to see what was the lowest in this or that and have been deceived by these same healthy tags. Now I'm reading everything.

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Falco Lombardi99

Do a part 3 with dried vegetables, banana chips, gluten free processed snacks, etc.

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Tanae Troupe

thank you for this

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Hunter beast21

Can you do a diet vs fasting video?

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Cope3am

The local grocery store must hate seeing this lady come in knowing she will be buying $100 in food then returning $90 of it the next day lol

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Betsy Simpson

So is Welch's good then?

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Body Greenhouse

Yeah, these healthy snacks are great. However, I've made my own list of healthy snack foods, please check it out and let me know what do you think?

http://bodygreenhouse.com/healthy-snack-foods/

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sugur face

Who the heck thinks that fruit snacks are healthy?

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Anon101

you sound EXACTLY like Princess Carolyn from Bojack Horseman

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YoongiGotMyHeart

Veggie chips have been a lie 😭😭

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Ed Keaton

"I believe in a benevolent God not because He created the Grand Canyon or Michelangelo, but because He gave us snacks." — Paul Rudnick, I Shudder.

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MsCarameLibra

Can you make a video on how to not obsess over the nutrition facts label everyday I think I have a problem

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Jubilee 777

"We crave what we eat" i think that's the deepest, most meaningful phrase on nutrition I've ever heard.

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Irene Yvette

Making your food from scratch is the best idea. I post one video a week with a meal from scratch. Tomorrow's upload is lunch no rise wheat bread rolls, homemade whole egg mayo and tuna fish 🙂

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sarasuperid

I love this video, but it bugs me that you don't look at the macros in these. A lot of the healthier versions have 2-3x the protein.

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Amor.c03

I feel like she tried to be cute putting a "kid" in the video but it was not cute or funny

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roseycoloredglasses

You are fantastic!!!

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Gulnare Abdullayeva

why you dont talk about palm oil

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trilla Murray

Just found you,,new sub,,you are wonderful ,, we need these vid's thank you !!!

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Lynxie Dove

Personally I prefer vieggie chips over potato chips because the veggie ones have less grease. So alot of snack food choices can depend on what appeals to you and what doesn't. And of course sticking with serving sizes or less.

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Saurabh Shubham

Noogler

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Cheyenne Stewart

Your videos are amazing. I try to keep my daughter on a whole food diet, now she is also a kid. So she does get treats here and there. These videos help me alot.

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Nova Playz

I just like stuff that tastes good.

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The Winningest Duo

This video helped me make a grocery list

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The Flip

The simple rule for all food is, if it’s anything but raw organic food, DONT EAT IT!!!!! If it says organic but has “Natural Flavor” Its not organic. That is a loophole for huge corporations to sneak toxic chemicals and bad stuff into organic food. If something organic has Yeast Extract, that is just another name for Monosodium Glutamate or MSG, it’s just made with a different process, people try and avoid MSG at all costs but they don’t realize that there are tons of hidden names for it. She didn’t talk about Genetically Modified Ingredients when that’s the number one thing that ruins your body. She didn’t even mention that Oreos have High Fructose Corn Syrup as one of the very first ingredients. If you don’t know about high fructose corn syrup, it’s an artificial sweetener made from genetically modified yellow corn and is used as a base in tons of foods, the process of making it involves contamination with mercury, yes the highly toxic heavy metal, you can find trace about a of mercury in High Fructose Corn Syrup which is why people get migraines and secure headaches when they consume it. I remember getting migraines every time I drank soda, why because high fructose corn syrup is usually the first ingredient, if not then Carbonated Water Is first which most people don’t realize is just carbonated tap water which has more heavy metals in it, again not to mention tap water in the United States has fluoride in it which is known to cause headaches and brain damage, then sodium benzoate if usually found at the third or fourth ingredient in most soda which when mixed with Citric or Sorbic acid can creat benzene inside the soda bottle or can, and when citric acid can be derived from mercury and mold, and Natural Flavor is usually a form of MSG, or if you want to know what Pepsi uses as a “Natural Flavor” just do some research on the company that Pepsi buys its Flavor from “Senomyx” I almost puked when I say what they use. You’ll realize that pretty much every single ingredient in soda is horrible and toxic which when all mixed together into one drink that millions of Americans drink each day, is just shocking that in this day an age, Soda is completely legal and can be bought for penny’s on the dollar at any store, gas station, movie theater, concert, food truck, and restaurant, yet having a tiny crumb of cannabis (which is a 100% Natural plant) even if you are not using it, will get you arrested and thrown in prison. The government makes me sick, no wonder everyone is overweight and has cancer.

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Jamee Mujir

I am avoiding sugar can u please tell me what healthy foods to eat thanks

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Jamee Mujir

I enjoyed your video nice job

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Jamee Mujir

Your welcome

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Snazzy Squid

What do you think about pop chips? I'm on a weight loss journey and I'm trying to find a healthier alternative to chips I can snack on every once in a while lol

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sup 0715

Ugh I hate chips I’m on a diet and was about to work out but got kinda hungry then saw takis and decided to just eat one which led to 20 more.. and so I decided to not work out but after my hungers passed now I’m gonna definitely gonna work out

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Luxie KnifeWielder Huskamute

The Annie's bunny gummy snacks are better than the other fruit snacks

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Anna133199

So weird that the lays classic chips bag has s yellow. Where I'm from the lays classic (it doesn't say classic but naturel) is red. That goes for most of the biggest brands classic/naturel = red, yellow = onion & cheese.

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Kyler

People out here really eat snacks daily 😭

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ThenAgain,ButMaybeNot

Okay but a "healthy" yogurt dipper commercial came on. Lol. I can guarantee those sugary biscuits being dipped in the probably equally sugary yogurt isnt a healthy snack for kids.

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Jasmine H

For chips, I buy a bag of chips called “Just Beets” from Trader Joe’s which is literally just beets and no oil. They’re super crunchy and delicious

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these are all junk food no exception

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bark- I

You are very insightful

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Bloombaby99

Love the Stephanie Tanner reference!!!!!
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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DragoaZina

The original HARIBO from Germany doesn't contain artificial colors😅 different countries, different ingredients, same brands🤷‍♀️

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Gabriela G

omg eating is so hard

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shamya Depp

i'll eat them all

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ًSome youtuber

you're Cute and Funny and your Videos are hilariously educational and entertaining 🙂 Lots of Love to you…XOXOXOX

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olive vince

Thank u so much ❤

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