Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fiberized Pop Tarts

I went to the 99 cent store last week to look for some hard candy, and right by the entrance they had a display of Pop Tarts. Normally that wouldn’t have gotten my attention, however the boxes said “now with 20% of daily fiber per serving”. Interesting slant on a toaster pastry indeed. Not only that, it said “one serving of whole grains”. Who would not want that? They are beginning to try to “healthysize” pastries now. Reading the fine print later, the excess sugar and fat has remained, of course, and just one pastry had 190 calories in it. Other than the fiber and whole grain, the total calories, sugar, and fat content equaled close to a regular sized Snickers bar. So what do you think? Is the addition of fiber and whole grains worth the trade off? By the way, it’s the same type of fiber you can find on Fiber One and Fiber Plus bars which I’ve been having lately – Inulin from chicory root extract. It’s something I’ve written about in the past in the blogpost entitled “Artsy Farts From Fiber One”. Despite the sugar and fat content, I bought a box anyway and had a couple of pastries for dessert that evening. The effects were not as hard hitting as Fiber One or Fiber Plus since those have 35 % of daily fiber per serving, but nevertheless there was a sense of satiety after consumption. A couple of days later, I bought two more boxes. Since the 99 cent stores buy their products on closeout, the Pop Tarts came only in strawberry flavor, but that wasn’t a problem for me. I don’t expect to buy any more though because of the sugar and fat content, and at that price, the store should be running out pretty quickly. An indulgence of three boxes should be enough. But not all at once.

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