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Monday, August 14, 2006 

Nana's "No's" Cookies

When we received these cookies as samples, we were all pretty excited. Nana's "No's" are all-natural cookies that contain "no refined sugars, no dairy, no hydrogenated oils, no cholesterol, no eggs, no added salt, no GMOs, and no cane or beet products." All that sounded pretty good to us, and the cookies also looked really yummy so we dove right in.

Our first bite was of Nana's No Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie. Now Nana claims that "each bite is bursting with chocolate chips and home baked flavor" that is "so good, so moist, and so delicious" that "you will not miss the wheat." Well, Nana, we missed it. This cookie was just plain bad. The chocolate flavor was bland at best, and the cookie itself was reminiscent of cardboard (both in flavor and texture).

Hesitantly, we moved on to Nana's No Gluten Ginger Cookie. Nana claims that this cookie is a "perfectly spiced treat" with "specially blended flavors of ginger and sweet cinnamon." We, however, should have stuck with our instincts and thrown this "thing" out before we even tried it. If possible, this cookie was even worse than the Chocolate Chip. Not only was it almost completely devoid of taste, it instantly crumbled into sawdust in the mouth. Awful.

One more complaint, the cookies come one in a pouch masquerading as one serving (an actual serving size is half the cookie--even if you ARE disciplined enough to only eat one serving, what the heck are you supposed to do with the other half?).

In case the nutritionals interest you, the Ginger Cookie will hit you with 180 calories (for sawdust? hardly worth it!), 5 grams of fat (0 saturated/trans), 85 mg of sodium, 32 g of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 9 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. The Chocolate Chip will cost you 140 calories with 5 grams of fat (1 saturated, 0 trans), 80 mg of sodium, 22 g of carbohydates, 2 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of sugar. As a ridiculous aside, the "No Wheat" Cookies state that they are made in a facility that manufacturers products containing (among other things) wheat.

The cookies come in several other flavors, but we weren't taking any more chances. When it comes to Nana's, it's probably best to just say "no."


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