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Better Bites Chocolate Enrobed Simply Vanilla Cake Bites, Simply Vanilla

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EWG Overall Score Breakdown

The product score is based on weighted scores for nutrition, ingredient and processing concerns. Generally, nutrition counts most, ingredient concerns next and degree of processing least. The weighted scores are added together to determine the final score. Read more about scores here.

EWG Overall Score Breakdown


EWG scored on three factors: nutrition, ingredient concerns, and the degree of processing. Read the full scoring methodology.

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Nutrition Concern Details

Level

Considers calories, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, sodium, protein, fiber and fruit, vegetable and nut content to differentiate between healthful and less healthful foods. For more information on nutrition concerns, read our full methodology.

Contains ingredients that may contribute small amounts of unhealthy artificial trans fats: Palm Oil, Canola Oil, and Canola Oil (Expeller Pressed) [read more]

EWG calculates that this product is 32% sugar by weight and contains 2 teaspoons of added sugar per serving [read more]

The nutrition factors used for scoring Better Bites Chocolate Enrobed Simply Vanilla Cake Bites, Simply Vanilla
Positive factors
Fruit, vegetable, bean or nut content
Protein content
Fiber content
Omega-3 fatty acids
Negative factors
Calorie density
Sugar/low-calorie sweetener content
Sodium content
Saturated fat content
Trans fat content

Ingredient Concern Details

Level

Considers food additives, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and contaminants like mercury and BPA, which can affect human health and the environment. For more information on ingredient concerns, read methodology.

This product is not certified organic [read more]

Rice-based ingredients may contain arsenic [read more]

This product has 2 ingredients with concerns as well as some contamination concerns:

Processing Concern Details

Level

Estimates how much the food has been processed. Considers many factors, chief among them, modification of individual ingredients from whole foods and number of artificial ingredients. For more information on processing concerns, read our full methodology.

Product has been classified as having high processing concerns

Products with moderate and high processing concerns generally have more artificial ingredients, more ingredients that have been significantly modified from whole foods, and more ingredients overall.

EWG's Top Findings

This product is not certified organic [read more]

This product is not certified organic

Products bearing the USDA certified organic seal must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredient, and must be produced without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and free of genetically engineered ingredients.

Contains food additives of lower concern

Contains ingredients that may contribute small amounts of unhealthy artificial trans fats: Palm Oil, Canola Oil, and Canola Oil (Expeller Pressed) [read more]

Contains ingredients that may contribute small ...

Both refined oils and fully hydrogenated oils contain small amounts of unhealthy artificial trans fats and contribute to the total intake of trans fat in the diet (Biofortis 2014). Artificial trans fats are generated in refined oils when they are processed at high temperatures from the crude oil into a bland, odorless, colorless oil (Greyt 1999). A 2012 study conducted by FDA scientists estimated that refined oil contributes an average 0.6 grams of trans fat a day (Doell 2012). The World Health Organization recommends limits on trans fat of less than 1 to 2 grams a day—in this context, it’s easy to see that 0.6 grams is not an insignificant contribution. In the case of fully hydrogenated oils, they should theoretically be free of trans fat, but since no hydrogenation process is 100 percent efficient, trans fats are often found in fully hydrogenated oils at low levels (FDA 2013). The United States Department of Agriculture National Nutrition Database has tested refined, partially hydrogenated and fully hydrogenated oils and found trans fats in all of them (USDA 2013). Textbooks for food scientists reveal that the mono and di-glycerides and other emulsifiers are often made from hydrogenated fats (Hasenhuettl and Hartel 2008) and at temperatures above 220°C (Sikorski and Kolakowka 2011). Emulsifiers produced from hydrogenated fats “contain measurable concentrations" of trans fats (Hasenhuettl and Hartel 2008). Unfortunately, due to lack of label disclosure and the trans fat labeling loophole, only the food scientists will ever know just how much trans fat these refined oils and emulsifiers are contributing to foods and the American diet.

EWG calculates that this product is 32% sugar by weight and contains 2 teaspoons of added sugar per serving [read more]

EWG calculates that this product is 32% sugar b...

Eating too much of any type of sugar can lead to tooth decay. Added sugars like high fructose corn syrup, honey, sugar and dextrose are more concerning than natural sugars like raisins because they can lead to obesity by adding calories without being accompanied by important nutrients like potassium, vitamin C or fiber. Americans average 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day (NCI 2010; USDA and DHHS 2010). The World Health Organization recommends no more than 6 to 12 teaspoons of added sugar a day for adults, children should eat even less (WHO 2002; WHO 2014).

Contains the non-specific ingredient "flavor" [read more]

Contains the non-specific ingredient "flavor"

Added "flavors" are secret and often complex mixtures of chemicals that modify and manipulate the taste and smell of food. The lack of disclosure is a public right to know issue and especially concerning to people with unusual food allergies or on restricted diets.

Rice-based ingredients may contain arsenic [read more]

Rice-based ingredients may contain arsenic

Rice plant naturally takes up arsenic from the water in the soil. The concentration of arsenic in this product will depend on the amount of rice-based ingredient used. http://www.ewg.org/foodscores/content/arsenic-contamination-in-rice

Product has been classified as having high processing concerns

Ingredient List

From the Package

SUGAR, CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, NATURAL CHOCOLATE LIQUOR (NON-ALCOHOLIC), NON-DAIRY COCOA BUTTER), WHITE RICE FLOUR, VEGAN BUTTER (VEGETABLE OIL BLEND (PALM FRUIT, CANOLA, AND OLIVE OILS), WATER, SALT, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF NATURAL FLAVOR, SUNFLOWER LECITHIN, LACTIC ACID (TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS), AND ANNATTO EXTRACT (COLOR)), RICE MILK (FILTERED WATER, BROWN RICE, EXPELLER PRESSED CANOLA OIL AND/OR SAFFLOWER OIL AND/OR SUNFLOWER OIL, TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, NATURAL VANILLA FLAVOR WITH OTHER NATURAL FLAVORS, SEA SALT, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D2, VITAMIN B12), POTATO STARCH, FILTERED WATER, TAPIOCA FLOUR, EGG REPLACER (POTATO STARCH, TAPIOCA FLOUR, LEAVENING (CALCIUM LACTATE, CALCIUM CARBONATE, CREAM OF TARTAR), CELLULOSE GUM, MODIFIED CELLULOSE), WHITE NONPAREILS (CANE SUGAR, CORN STARCH, CARNAUBA WAX), BAKING POWDER (MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE, POTATO STARCH, POTASSIUM BICARBONATE), WHITE DISTILLED VINEGAR, NATURAL FLAVOR, XANTHAN GUM, SALT, PGPR.

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Other Information

Certified free of genetically engineered ingredients [read more]

Certified free of genetically engineered ingred...

This product is certified or advertises itself to be free of ingredients that were genetically engineered or derived from genetically engineered crops. For more information on the topic visit: http://www.ewg.org/research/shoppers-guide-to-avoiding-ge-food Note: The presence or absence of genetically engineered ingredients does not affect the score of a product.

Nutrition Facts

6.0 servings per container

Serving Size

1 PIECE

Amount Per 22 g
Calories
90

% Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet and adult bodyweight)
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4.0 4.0 % Total Fat 3 g
5.0 5.0 % Total Carbs 13 g
% Protein 1 g

AVOID TOO MUCH:

8.0 8.0 % Saturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
0.0 0.0 % Cholesterol 0 mg
2.0 2.0 % Sodium 35 mg
Added Sugar Ingredients: Sugars and Cane Sugar

NUTRIENTS:

0.0 0.0 % Dietary Fiber 0 g
Vitamin D (no value on present label)
2.0 2.0 % Calcium
0.0 0.0 % Iron
0.0 0.0 % Potassium 18 mg

† Institute of Medicine. 2010. "Dietary Reference Intakes Tables and Application." Accessed April 8, 2014: link

 

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