I gave Jack m&m’s for breakfast today. Not a whole bag, but it wasn’t just one or two innocent m&m’s. It was probably more like 30 give or take an m&m. Please don’t run and call Child Services on me. It’s not as bad as it seems. I’m not that bad of a mom. There must be some sort of nutritional value in an m&m right? I’m going to check the label right now.
OK the ingredients in a bag of m&m’s are as follows:
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Artificial Flavors), Sugar, Cornstarch, Less than 1% – Corn Syrup, Gum Acacia, Coloring (Includes Red 40 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 1, Blue 2, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake), Dextrin, titanium oxide.
Hmmmm. Alright. Let’s see here. There has got to be something worthwhile in these delicious m&m’s. Aha! SKIM MILK! Yesssss. Skim milk is good for you. It has less fat than regular milk doesn’t it? That’s got to be ok. Ummmm. CHOCOLATE! How obvious.
eHow provides a list of all of the benefits of milk chocolate to the body.
Milk chocolate contains phosphate, which protects teeth from decay.
Serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of well-being, is in milk chocolate. Stimulation
Phenylethylamine and theobromine are chemicals found in milk chocolate that act as a mild stimulant.
Vitamins and Minerals
Milk chocolate is high in vitamins B1, B2, D and E. It also contains potassium and magnesium.
Low Blood Pressure
Flavonoids in chocolate cause the body to produce nitric oxide, which lowers blood pressure.
Milk chocolate contains antioxidants that boost the immune system.
Eating milk chocolate can lower levels of LDL cholesterol–known as the unhealthy kind–and raise HDL cholesterol levels.
Wow!! I think I should be named Mother of Freakin Year. I think my m&m’s for breakfast idea is wonderful. Did you see the list? Milk chocolate rocks.
Wait. What the heck is Gum Acacia? And all of those colors with numbers after them can’t be good. Dextrin?? What’s Dextrin? Hmmm.
WHAT?? What the heck is that supposed to mean? Umm can someone with a chemistry degree please explain that definition to me. Oh no! Maybe m&m’s weren’t such a good idea for breakfast. Frankly, they don’t so good for any time. That of course doesn’t mean I am going to stop eating them, but really they don’t sound so good.
Thank goodness I looked all of this up. I would have been waiting a long time for that Mother of the Freakin Year award. It’s a good thing that later on I gave Jack some oatmeal. Oh? Did I forget to mention that? I wonder what the health benefits of oatmeal are. Anyone?