WhoNu? Cookies That Are (Sort of) Good for You


Okay, cookies are probably never going to actually be good for you if they taste the way cookies should taste. WhoNu? Soft & Chewy Cookies, however, make some claims that sound as if they’re as close as you’re going to get from store-bought baked goods.

They taste good, too, like some of the other well-known cookie brands. They really are soft and chewy, so if that’s the type of chocolate chip cookie you prefer, you may love these. They don’t taste “healthy” at all. There’s also a crispy chocolate chip cookie as well as a few other types.

Here’s a quick look at the ingredients list: wheat flour, enriched bleached wheat flour, semi-sweet chocolate chips, high fructose corn syrup (oh no!), soybean oil with mono and diglycerides, polydextrose, sugar, corn syrup, corn starch, glycerin, artificial flavors, baking soda, soy lecithin, molasses, salt, annatto.

Clearly, these aren’t completely “clean” cookies. The high fructose corn syrup bothers me; I didn’t notice it in the list before. I’m guessing it’s in most boxed cookies, though, so these may still be the lesser of the evils on the shelves. There are no trans fats or hydrogenated oils.

The box says that, for three cookies, you get:

  • The calcium and vitamin D in an 8 oz. glass of milk
  • The vitamin E in two cups of carrot juice
  • The vitamin B12 in a cup of cottage cheese and fruit
  • The vitamin A in an 8 oz glass of tomato juice
  • The vitamin C in a cup of blueberries
  • The fiber in a bowl of oatmeal
  • The iron in a cup of cooked (frozen) spinach
  • 150 calories, five grams of fat, two grams of protein, 11 grams of sugar, and 24 grams of carbohydrates

Despite the nutritional value, these are obviously not intended to be used as meal replacements, so stock up on your fruits and veggies while you’re at the store. However, if you really have a craving for soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies but don’t want to make them yourself, you may be able to get by with a little less guilt when you crack into a box of these (I did).

There are only about 18 cookies in the box, so if you share, the cookies will be gone in no time, the craving taken care of, and there wont still be a lot of sugary treats lying around the house begging you to eat them.

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