Ever wonder why your toddler is addicted to Goldfish crackers?

Goldfish Crackers - a popular toddler snack

Goldfish Crackers - a popular toddler snack

The obvious answer is that it tastes good!  It sure does as one of the ingredients in Goldfish crackers is MSG (monosodium glutamate).  MSG is a flavor enhancer and is a preservative and has been tagged as an addictive neurotoxin. MSG goes by many names on ingredient lists for food products- hydrolyzed proteins, autolyzed yeasts and protein concentrates.  MSG or some variation of it can be found in canned tuna, vegetable broth, low fat yogurt and ice-creams.

If you look at the ingredient list for Goldfish, you will see Autolyzed Yeast:


Made with Smiles and Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid], Cheddar Cheese [(Pasteurized Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Annatto, Vegetable Oils (Canola, Sunflower and/or Soybean), Contains 2 Percent or Less of: Salt, Yeast, Sugar, Spices, Autolyzed Yeast, Leavening: (Monocalcium Phosphate, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Baking Soda) and Onion Powder.

There’s a lot of controversy on the impact of MSG on our health? Some people blame serious neurological and physiological disorders on MSG, while other studies have said “normal” consumption of MSG does not have any effect on the majority of the population. One thing is definitely clear, that food with MSG tastes yummy!

What does this mean for the kids?  Kids get addicted to the gold fish taste and don’t like the real food taste anymore.  How many times have you heard from a parent that all she/he eats is crackers and nothing else?

So put away the crackers or just give them in very small quantities/less frequency.  I am going to have another post on healthy alternatives to crackers soon.

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