When I told my daughter I was going to write a book about my MCS (multiple chemical sensitivities) she asked if she could write her own chapter. Her chapter would be about growing up with a parent that has MCS. I thought that was a great idea. I agreed she could add a chapter.
In her chapter she spends some time bemoaning the fact that she grew up eating mostly real, wholesome food. She complains that most of her food came from Whole Foods. (If she is expecting an apology for that she can keep waiting. Lol) She actually lets us all know what she really wanted was some lunchables and fruit roll-ups. Hhmmm…. When I allowed myself to be talked into buying the Whole Foods’ fruit roll-ups I justified it since it wasn’t as bad as the mainstream ones. Still lots of sugar but at least the fruit juice was real.
But lunchables? What the heck? She knew I would never even entertain the thought of buying lunchables. At least she was intelligent enough to refrain from asking.
About a year after we published our book I was working a demo at a regular grocery store. I was checking out all the carts that went by me like I was supposed to do. Then I saw her. She had ten lunchables in her cart. This woman was my child’s ideal mother. I texted my daughter to tell her I had found her perfect mom. She was not amused.
What is in lunchables? That is a great question. I googled it. I checked out the Oscar Meyer website. They don’t tell you what the ingredients are. The ingredients must be really awful if the company won’t list them on their website. What are they hiding? I did come across an article that claims the man that created lunchables doesn’t feed them to his children. He won’t let his children eat them but you are supposed to give them to your kids? I don’t think so.
Just to recap the company does not list the ingredients on their website and the man that created them doesn’t feed them to his children. That should tell anyone all they need to know about lunchables – you have no business eating them.
I found other sites that listed the “hidden” ingredients. I found some pictures of ingredient lists on line. I really prefer to get the ingredients from the company. It’s more reliable. I don’t want to get the ingredients wrong. I have no way of knowing if the information from other websites is accurate.
I went to the store to get the information I was looking for. I decided to pick a “flavor” that my child might actually have selected. I went with Extra Cheesy Pizza. I see cheese, I mean “cheese product” listed twice. The “cheese product” contains milk, salt and enzymes like regular cheese. It contains apocarotenal which is a chemically deprived orange color. There is also soybean oil which makes it highly likely that this product contains GMOs. The tomato sauce used has sugar in it. I don’t care for sugar in my tomato sauce. I prefer the acidic taste of the tomatoes. I don’t want to speculate about the glyphosate that may be on the wheat. And, there are no green veggies.
IF my child had lived in a parallel universe and had actually been served this stuff she would have consumed 26% of the RDA for sodium for the day. And carbs come in a whopping 31 grams. There isn’t a lot of food in the lunchables I was looking at. Insulin dependent diabetics will need extra insulin to eat this lunch.
Packing lunches really doesn’t take much time. Aren’t your children worth a few extra minutes to prepare and pack a wholesome lunch made with real foods? My daughter loved packing her own lunch, with supervision. Lunch can be as simple as real cheese cut into bite sizes or cubes. Some organic grapes or berries. Celery sticks, carrot sticks or sliced cucumber. Maybe your child will eat a small salad at school. Our children will eat healthy food if that is what is offered on a daily basis.
I saw a link on facebook the other day for a company that is making and selling a much cleaner version of lunchables. If it was around years ago I might have offered to try those.
I believe part of the allure of the lunchables was the cute little tray it came in. You can now buy similar containers to pack meals in. They are reusable too.
Once again, I was the evil mom. This time is was because I denied my child her dream lunch. I am ok with that. I am glad my child was sharp enough to know at a young age to not even ask for the food products in the cute tray. It was gratifying when she acknowledged she was glad I fed her the way I did. Thanks kid, and you are welcome.