Oreos. Their BIG nutrition secret

So you ate a few Oreo cookies at your office party, are now on a sugar high and bouncing around the cubicle because of the extra carbohydrates you just consumed. No surprise right? Oreos=Cookies=Sugar=AL:KJ:LKJAD!!!!

Oreos: the chocolate sandwich cookie with some secret nutritional benefits
Oreos: the chocolate sandwich cookie with secret nutritional benefits

Well here is something that probably WILL surprise you about Oreo nutrition:

A serving of Oreos (three cookies) contains about 10% of your daily recommended IRON intake. Huh??

That’s right. Milk’s favorite cookie has iron. How??

If you take a look at the first ingredient list after sugar, you’ll see the words Unbleached Enriched Flour, followed by a whole list of micronutrients.

Americans love Oreos. Click the image for an Oreo cheesecake recipe
Americans love Oreos. Click the image for an Oreo cheesecake recipe

The U.S. is one of many countries that mandates fortification of industrial milled wheat flour with nutrients like folic acid and iron, as a public health initiative to prevent neural tube defects in newborns and conditions such as anemia. Check out the full list here.

Click the image to see the ingredient list and nutritional info for Oreos!
Click the image to see the ingredient list and nutritional info for Oreos!

Cool right? In fact, most of the packaged products you buy (bread, pancake mix, tortillas, cookies, crackers) are made from enriched flour, which means it is fortified with essential nutrients!

That means Oreos not only include iron and folic acid (aka vitamin B9), but vitamins B1 (Thiamine), B2(Riboflavin) and B3(Niacin) as well. Check out the Oreo’s nutrition label! Share this fun fact with all your Oreo-loving friends! Happy snacking!

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