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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 known to be a source of unhealthy artificial trans fats: Vegetable Shortening [read more]

EWG calculates that this product is 27% sugar by weight and contains 12 teaspoons of added and natural sugar per serving [read more]

Contains 36% of the Institute of Medicine's daily sodium (salt) recommendations based on adequate intake [read more]

Contains 1 added fiber ingredient(s): Cellulose Microcrystalline [read more]

Contains 1 added fiber ingredient(s): Cellulose...

This product contains added fiber. Added fiber ingredients can be extracted from industrial byproducts like wood pulp or plant starches, made into a powder and added back into highly processed foods to increase their fiber content and appearance of healthfulness. While there is a long history of studies that confirm the beneficial effects of a high fiber diet rich in fruit, vegetables, beans and whole grains, there is much less data on the potential health benefits of these added fibers and whether the health benefits are preserved once they have been extracted from their original sources (IOM 2001; Jones 2012; Turner and Lupton 2011).

The nutrition factors used for scoring Heb Lemon Coco Yo Yo Cake Slice Lg
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]

Contains 2 of EWG's top food additives of concern: BHT and YELLOW 5

Antibiotics were likely used in production of the dairy ingredients in this product [read more]

Hormones may have been used in production of dairy ingredients [read more]

This product has 14 ingredients with 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 higher concern

Contains 2 of EWG's top food additives of concern: BHT and YELLOW 5

Antibiotics were likely used in production of the dairy ingredients in this product [read more]

Antibiotics were likely used in production of t...

Antibiotics use dairy production poses moderate concern for antibiotic resistance.

Hormones may have been used in production of dairy ingredients [read more]

Hormones may have been used in production of da...

Dairy cows are sometimes injected with synthetic growth hormone (rBGH) to boost milk production. This practice is not allowed in Europe due to health concerns.

Contains ingredients known to be a source of unhealthy artificial trans fats: Vegetable Shortening [read more]

Contains ingredients known to be a source of un...

Artificial trans fats are produced when vegetable oils are subject to extreme temperatures or pressures to solidify the fat and increase shelf life, flavor stability and palatability (FDA 2013). These modifications benefit the manufacturer but are detrimental to the consumer's health. Health experts at the Institute of Medicine recommend "that trans fatty acid consumption be as low as possible" (IOM 2005). The CDC estimates that eliminating artificial trans fats could prevent up to 20,000 heart attacks and up to 7,000 deaths each year (Dietz 2012). In 2013, the FDA made a tentative determination that trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils (the primary dietary source) should no longer be generally recognized as safe (FDA 2013). Some trans fats do occur naturally in meat and dairy products. These natural trans fats may be of lower concern; some studies have found them to be beneficial, while others have found their effects to be neutral (Chardigny 2008; Mozaffarian 2009; Wang 2013).

EWG calculates that this product is 27% sugar by weight and contains 12 teaspoons of added and natural sugar per serving [read more]

EWG calculates that this product is 27% 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.

Contains 36% of the Institute of Medicine's daily sodium (salt) recommendations based on adequate intake [read more]

Contains 36% of the Institute of Medicine's dai...

This product contains a high percentage of the Institute of Medicine's recommended adequate intake for sodium of 1500 mg a day (IOM 2005). This value is much lower than what the FDA requires be listed on food labels -- 2400 mg. Americans average 3,400 mg of sodium a day. Most of this sodium comes from processed foods where sodium is added to mask the lack of freshness by enhancing the flavor, texture or palatability and extending shelf-life (IOM 2010). Many of these uses are for the manufacturers benefit and not the consumer's health as excess sodium intake is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and kidney disease (IOM 2010).

Product has been classified as having high processing concerns

Ingredient List

From the Package

WHITE CAKE (SUGAR, ENRICHED BLEACHED WHEAT FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), WATER, SOYBEAN OIL, EGG WHITES, PALM OIL, EMULSIFIER BLEND (PROPYLENE GLYCOL MONOESTERS, MONO & DIGLYCERIDES, SOY LECITHIN, BHT (PRESERVATIVE), CITRIC ACID), DEXTROSE, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF:, SKIM MILK, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, LEAVENING (SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM BICARBONATE), EGG YOLKS, SALT, SOY PROTEIN, POLYSORBATE 60, NATURAL & ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, GUM ARABIC, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, TETRASODIUM PYROPHOSPHATE, SODIUM PROPIONATE (PRESERVATIVE), CALCIUM ACETATE, GUAR GUM, POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVATIVE), XANTHAN GUM), LEMON FILLING (WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SUGAR, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF:, CELLULOSE GEL, CELLULOSE GUM, CITRIC ACID, COLOR ADDED (INCLUDES, YELLOW 5), NATURAL FLAVOR, PALM OIL, POLYSORBATE 60, POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVATIVE), SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE), SALT, SODIUM CITRATE, SORBIC ACID (PRESERVATIVE)), SWEET COCONUT FLAKES (COCONUT, SUGAR, WATER, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM METABISULFATE (PRESERVATIVE)), VANILLA BUTTERCREME (SUGAR, VEGETABLE SHORTENING (PALM OIL, CANOLA OIL, MONO & DIGLYCERIDES, POLYSORBATE 60), WATER, CORN SYRUP, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF:, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (COLOR), GUAR GUM, LOCUST BEAN GUM, LACTYLIC ESTERS OF FATTY ACIDS, NATURAL & ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, PHOSPHORIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVATIVE), SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE), PROPYLENE GLYCOL MONO DIESTERS OF FATS FATTY ACIDS, SALT)

*Older Product

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*Discontinued Product

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Other Information

This product contains the following ingredient(s) that may be genetically engineered or derived from GE crops: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup Solids, Corn Syrup, Canola Oil, Sugars, Dextrose, Vegetable Shortening, Xanthan Gum, Modified Starch (Corn), Mono And Diglycerides Of Fatty Acids, Lecithin (Soy), Citric Acid, Sodium Citrates, and Soy Protein [read more]

This product contains the following ingredient(...

Scientists have not determined whether GE food poses risks to human health. Still, consumers have many good reasons to avoid eating genetically engineered ingredients, including limited safety studies, the development of "superweeds" and increased pesticide use. 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 or ingredients derived from GE crops does not affect a product's overall score.

Environmental Impact: Contains eggs, which have a lower carbon footprint than meat.

Contains ingredients derived from tree nut, wheat, milk or soybean - these are considered major food allergens according to the FDA [read more]

Contains ingredients derived from tree nut, whe...

While over 160 food ingredients may cause allergic reactions current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations stipulate that 8 major food allergens must be labeled on products. These allergens include; milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. Note: The presence of potential allergens does not affect the overall product score.

Most cheeses don't score well because they are high in calories, saturated fat and sodium [read more]

Most cheeses don't score well because they are ...

Cheese can be a good source of calcium and protein, but a little goes a long way. Cheese usually packs in a lot of calories, saturated fat and sodium in a small amount. In fact, cheese is the number one source of saturated fat, and one of the top sources of both sodium and calories in the American diet (USDA & DHHS 2010). Antibiotics are also used often in dairy production, primarily to treat sick animals, which poses a moderate concern for breeding antibiotic resistant bacteria. Milk-boosting hormone injections (rBGH) are injected into about 20 percent of American dairy cows. Neither treatment is allowed in Europe due to public health and animal welfare concerns.

Nutrition Facts

1.0 servings per container

Serving Size

(172 g)

Amount Per 1 EACH
Calories
510

% Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet and adult bodyweight)
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QUICK FACTS:

32.0 32.0 % Total Fat 21 g
24.0 24.0 % Total Carbs 73 g
Sugars 46 g
% Protein 6 g

AVOID TOO MUCH:

50.0 50.0 % Saturated Fat 10 g
Trans Fat 0.0g
5.0 5.0 % Cholesterol 15 mg
23.0 23.0 % Sodium 540 mg
Added Sugar Ingredients: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup Solids, Corn Syrup, Sugars, and Dextrose

NUTRIENTS:

8.0 8.0 % Dietary Fiber 2 g
Vitamin D (no value on present label)
0.0 0.0 % Vitamin A
0.0 0.0 % Vitamin C
4.0 4.0 % Calcium
8.0 8.0 % Iron
Potassium (no value on present label)

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

 

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