8 out of 10 children’s cookies are not healthy

Cookies are queens of breakfast and are in many homes, but many times you have the false feeling that they are healthy, or at least not as bad as you might imagine.

Boys and girls soon begin to consume them because they are very striking and it is a way for them to learn the importance of breakfast mainly and they have also become the majority option for snacks due to the convenience of avoiding preparing the traditional sandwich. You have shapes, flavors and colors that catch their attention, as well as children’s motifs or designs with their favorite series, movies and characters.

But no, they are not as healthy as you think. The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) warns that eight out of ten children’s cookies are unhealthy.

Only a few are saved

The OCU, within the framework of the Healthy Food Project for the small consumer, warns that 253 of the 305 selected children’s cookies have a rating D or E in Nutriscore, the lowest possible. Only 15 cookies have an A or B rating and they are normally the traditional Maria type cookies with no added sugar, but with sweeteners, which are usually the least appetizing for children.

It is precisely the sugar, in this case its excess, the aspect that most weighs down its nutritional value. OCU warns that, on average, one in three grams of this type of biscuit is directly sugar. And those that exclude it usually replace it with polyalcohols, a type of sweetener whose consumption can have laxative effects, even more so in children due to their low body weight. But the rest of the ingredients are no better: saturated fats, which can add another third of the weight, refined flours, aromas and all kinds of additives. The little fiber they have (3%) is usually added, as well as possible minerals and vitamins, unnecessary if a varied and balanced diet is followed.

Definitely, biscuit consumption should be occasional and in small quantities, even those with a nutritional rating A or B, since they are ultra-processed products with a wide variety of additives. The ideal is to replace them with whole wheat bread with olive oil, cheese, vegetable spreadable cream or tomato. Even a piece of whole wheat bread with a couple of ounces of dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa) is healthier. Natural fruit and nuts, without frying or salting, could also be present.