Just because it has the word "vegetable" in the name does not mean it is healthy. Despite the packaging, Kraft's Vegetable Thins contain almost no carrots, tomatos, onions, or red bell peppers. Instead, you can find partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil listed above any real vegetables in the ingredients.
Remember, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils are the source of artificial trans fat in the American diet. Even though the nutrition facts panel says, "Trans Fat 0g," there is more partially hydrogenated vegetable oil than there are actual vegetables in Kraft Vegetable Thins. These are trans fat crackers dressed up with tiny amounts of vegetable powder.
Highly Refined Sugar and Flour
Vegetable Thins without their dehydrated vegetable powder are no better than any other cracker made from highly refined and processed products. The principle ingredient is highly refined white flour, a simple starch with a very high glycemic index. Foods with a high glycemic index are turned into simple sugars almost immediately after you eat them, creating a spike in blood sugar. Over time, habitual spikes in blood sugar can lead to insulin resistance and pre-diabetes.
Vegetable Thins also contain highly refined added sugar and high fructose corn syrup, another form of artificial, processed sugar. Just like refined white flour, these simple sugars create peaks in blood sugar, eventually raising your risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Overall, these ingredients are nutritionally empty. Where
foods with more complex carbohydrates and fiber would leave you feeling
more full for longer, the highly processed ingredients of Vegetable
Thins give your body a brief energy high before a crash.
Besides the trans fat and processed sugars, Vegetable Thins contain an artificial food additive called disodium 5'-guanylate, or DG. There are no long term studies on the effects of consuming DG on human health, but it is toxic to mice and rats in laboratory conditions. DG may also cause gout and exacerbate symptoms of asthma.
As a final garnish, Vegetable Thins are high in monosodium glutamate, commonly known as MSG. This additive can also exacerbate asthma symptoms and causes allergic reactions in many people.
Besides the images of vegetables on the packaging, Vegetable Thins also advertise that they are "made with real vegetables." Don't be taken in by the suggestion that Vegetable Thins are a healthy food. Kraft's Vegetable Thins are unhealthy crackers made with simple sugars, artificial additives, and trans fat, all hiding behind a bit of vegetable powder.
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