Are Ritz Crackers Healthy?

Most of us are Confused when shopping…it’s normal!

Almost daily now, people are writing in telling us about the confusion they feel when shopping at any grocery store.  I personally love these questions and I get excited to share.
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We will be investigating many of the most popular brands to expose the ‘good bad and the ugly’ truth behind marketing claims.  (For the article about Aveeno lawsuit, see here: Are Aveeno products natural? A Johnson and Johnson lawsuit

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Let’s get started.
Are Ritz Crackers really a “sensible solution”? Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

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Let’s break down each ingredient: 

1) ~ Unbleached Enriched flour

This means flour is processed, refined and has no nutritional value.  Flours are among the most confusing for people.  What to buy?  ”wheat”, “multigrain”, “unbleached”, etc.

The answer will depend on many factors.  If a person is gluten intolerant, for example they’ll want to stay away from wheat and gluten all together.  Buckwheat, amaranth, millet, quinoa, rice are examples of gluten free grains/food.
If you want to buy wheat for baking, always look for the word “WHOLE”  in front of it.    Even whole wheat is refined, however.  If you can get “sprouted whole wheat, that’s by far the best.   What we look for is ‘whole grain‘ or ‘sprouted whole grain‘ or ‘sprouted whole wheat’.

One of these 3 symbols will typically be on the product:
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2) ~ Soybean Oil:
Soy is one of those products the is almost always GMO.  When “soy” is listed on any label make sure it says “organic” in front of the ‘soy’ product.  The problem is many, many ingredients today are made from soy (example is soy lecithin)   It’s tough to walk through the grocery store these days and not see any soy products.

Soy milk, soy cheese, tofu (of all kinds).  It’s super important to see “Organic” or “non-GMO” certified labels, (as I said, simply because Soy is one of the biggest GMO crops out there, along with canola and Cotton).   See more on GMOs here:  Oh NO! It’s GMO.

To be honest, we rarely buy any soy products.  Occasionally we’ll have Organic Tofu or Tempeh.

Here’s a symbol to look for on products that do not contain GMOs:
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3) ~ Sugar:
I think this one is self explanatory, but if you must know, when “sugar” is listed, it’s usually the refined and bleached kind.  Just like regular ‘table’ sugar.

See here for our favourite sugar alternatives:   4 Better Substitutes For Sugar

 

 

4) ~ Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed oil:
Cotton is one of the biggest GMO offenders, and HIGHLY sprayed with pesticides, etc.

5) ~ Salt:
Always check sodium content on labels.
We usually look for “sea salt”, “celtic sea salt” or  ”himalayan salt” (which is from the pink rock)

6) ~ High Fructose Corn Syrup:
See this article:  Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Safe?

7) ~ Soy lecithin:
Please see “soy” description in 2) point.
If it’s not Organic, we don’t want it.
Again, see more on GMOs here:  Oh NO! It’s GMO.

8) ~ Natural Flavor:
This one might appear to be healthy. Did you know that manufacturers use “natural flavour” to hide known and unwanted ingredients, such as MSG?  It’s true!

“natural” is such a loose term anyway.

 

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So, all I can say is IF the above mentioned ingredients fall under what should be considered “sensible solutions” then they might as well slap a big ol’ “greenwashing” label on this product along with all the others.

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Margaux

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Founder and Co-owner at Naturally Down To Earth
Margaux is an alternative health advocate, activist, amazing mother, toxin free living specialist, Doula and consultant for stay at home mothers wanting to create their own companies. She's the founder of "The Best Deodorant In The World (thebestdeodorantintheworld.com) an all natural deodorant that will be featured at the Golden Globes. Her articles have become a wealth of knowledge for many people around the globe.
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5 comments

  1. Margaux, back again. I continue to learn lots here, but I’m an old guy and sometimes a little skeptical, so bear with me… Today, 3 issues: GMO vs crossbred… Is there a difference? If I cross pollinate two apple tree blossoms, that fruit should be ok, right? Or is it now a GMO fruit? Next, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil. The seed’s buried deep in the cotton ball (I think?), so maybe protected from the sprays? Do you know of any studies or findings that show contamination of the oil by those pesticides? Do you know of any “good guy” food mfrs who thoroughly clean the seeds before pressing them? And finally, to be fair, the box says something about veggies… Does Ritz get any points for that claim?

    ((( pressing them

    • Margaux

      Hello Pete,

      To answer your question, ‘yes’ that fruit should definitely be ok :) Just like seedless watermelon isn’t GMO. I haven’t looked into it in great detail, but I don’t think the cottonseed (even if buried deep in the ball) will escape the pesticides, etc. We avoid cotton seed products, just like we avoid non-organic / non-GMO soy and canola. See more on this here: http://naturallydowntoearth.com/category/gmo

      I’m not 100% about the ‘veggies’ claim. I’d have to read the sphttp://naturallydowntoearth.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#comments-formecific ingredients on that particular version/box. Thanks SO much for your comment!!

  2. P.S.: your baby is a gem!

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