Oreo cookies get political

By Angela Wittman

Last week ABC News reported that Oreo Cookies had gotten "Gay Pride" and their rainbow stuffed cookie posted on Facebook  sparked some controversy.

The article went on to say that some folks are planning to boycott the cookies made by Kraft Foods. I think boycotts are an effective tool for consumers to use. And frankly, the cookies really aren't a good food choice when one investigates their nutritional value: one serving of 34 grams has 160 calories, 7 grams of fat (of which 2 grams are saturated), 14 grams of sugar and 160 milligrams of sodium. The list of ingredients used to make these cookies includes high fructose corn syrup which has been linked to obesity and the many health concerns associated with it in North America.

My advice for Christian consumers is to forego the unhealthy cookie that appears to have a political agenda and eat a healthier, tasty alternative that can easily be prepared in your own kitchen.  This alternative gives you control over ingredients and you can enjoy the fruit of your labor with a clear conscience knowing you haven't furthered the political agenda of the homosexual lobby.

Here is my modified recipe for "Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Oatmeal Drop Cookies"* I originally found at Cooks.com:

1 cup of flour
1/2 tsp. of baking powder
1/4 tsp. of baking soda
1 tbsp. of maple syrup
1/2 tsp. of salt
1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
3/4 cup of packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups of whole grain oats
1/2 cup of Canola oil
1 egg slightly beaten
2 tbsp. of water
1 tsp. of vanilla
1/2 cup of walnuts

Heat oven to 325 - 350 degrees. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium to large size bowl.  Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the oil, egg, water, maple syrup, vanilla and nuts.  Mix well and drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 12 - 14 minutes. Cool and enjoy!

These cookies have approximately 100 calories each, 52 mg. of sodium, and 6 grams of sugar.  Compared to the politically correct Oreo cookies, these homemade cookies are a winner all the way around - easy to make, great taste and good nutrition!

* Please click on link for original cookie recipe.

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