Ending Type 2 Diabetes One Exercise, Nutrition, and Gardening Class at a Time

Nutter Butter No Longer

In Nutrition Class on September 28, 2010 at 2:14 PM

ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], FOLIC ACID),

SUGAR,

PEANUT BUTTER (ROASTED PEANUTS, HYDROGENATED RAPESEED, COTTONSEED AND SOYBEAN OILS, SALT),

SOYBEAN OIL,

PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL,

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP,

ROLLED OATS,

SALT,

LEAVENING (BAKING SODA, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE),

CORNSTARCH,

SOY LECITHIN (EMULSIFIER),

VANILLIN – AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

http://www.nabiscoworld.com

Time: 9:35am
Place: C-Town Supermarket, Fair Haven Connecticut

Four years old and has relationship with Nutter Butters. Don’t get me wrong, when you put the above listed ingredients together Nabisco World style, there isn’t a taste bud around who isn’t beaming. But in this case, Elizabeth, the clinician doing the supermarket class for pre-diabetics, could not have planted a better educational opportunity. The boy’s mother and grandmother were in a conversation with Elizabeth about how to integrate more nutritious foods into their diets when the boy, as if drawn by some invisible force, leaned forward and seized the can of Nutter Butters off the shelf. Bliss.

It wasn’t until about 10 minutes later that the conversation settled on the cookies. The boy had lost interest in the sugar by then, and was patting a container of fresh strawberries absent-mindedly. Elizabeth turned to the boy and asked whether those were his favorite fruit. The boy nodded shyly, and in an instant Elizabeth had paid and enlisted the produce manager to wash them. The Nutter Butters had mysteriously disappeared.

She turned her attention to the mother and grandmother while the boy got into the strawberry business. Elizabeth leveled with them: I simply stay away from anything with that many ingredients. It is bound to be mostly artificial and unnecessary. I also strategize to save kids from all the exciting yet detrimental processed foods at their eye level, Elizabeth continued: give them fruits or other healthy snacks to munch on as you make your way through the market. The mother and grandmother nodded solemnly, awake to the difficulties of meeting their own financial and cultural constraints, not to mention contending with the invisible bond that exists between children and cookies.

That the WIC coupons only cover things like the hydrogenated oil and corn syrup-filled peanut butter does not simplify a plain trip to the market. And yet, despite the obvious complexity, it was clear that the Nutter Butter breakfast was, at least for now, obsolete.

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