To Goldfish or Not to Goldfish

I’m “that mom.”

That mom whose child has a sticker on their back in day care (or the garderie in Montreal) that says “no goldfish crackers.”

While travelling in Knoxville, I left Owen for the first time in daycare. He practically leapt out of my arms at the sight of toys and other children playing. I was the one that wanted to cry. Beyond leaving my child out of my care for one of the first times (other than with trusted babysitters back at home) my anxiety was doubled as I felt like every which way I turned someone wanted to feed him gold fish crackers. (yes, I know I'm sounding irrational and slightly exaggerating).

It went a little like this…

Careworker: Does he have any allergies?

Me: Yes, mainly gluten and dairy.

Careworker: Ok, he can have gold fish crackers though?

Me: No, they have dairy. And gluten.



Which lead me to ask….what is it with the gold fish crackers anyway? And has anyone actually read what’s in them? I mean if this is the snack food of choice for toddlers across North America, have we taken a second to actually read what’s in this cute looking snack?

So I did a little research...

Gold Fish Ingredients:

·      Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour [Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid]

·      Vegetable Oils (Canola, Sunflower and/or Soybean)

·      Nonfat Milk 

·      Salt

·      Contains 2 Percent or Less of: Yeast, Leavening (Ammonium Bicarbonate, Baking Soda, Monocalcium Phosphate), Sugar, Spices and Onion Powder.

The breakdown:

·      Low in sugar, but high in sodium

·      Refined flour, low fiber

·      Inflammatory oils

·      Dairy and gluten

·      The “Rainbow” version is filled with artificial dyes

·      GMOs (read more on this here)

·      MSG

So I'm thinking what about this instead:

A homemade healthier choice OR Owen has been loving brown rice cakes crumpled up into bite size pieces.

Another option is going "French altogether" and skipping the idea of constant snacking. Read my post on Creating French Foodies, here.

So, for now, until Goldfish changes their ingredients I’m ok being the “no goldfish crackers” mom and I think Owen's ok with that too (maybe at least until he's old enough to read the label on his back).