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Product reviews: Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Back to Nature

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For those who love chocolate cookies, Chocolate Chunk Cookies are good to enjoy occasionally.

Product basics: It comes with 9.5 ounces of cookies per pack. One recommended serving is 2 cookies or 26 grams which contain 130 calories with 50 from fat.  Much of the fat is assumed to come from cocoa.  It sells for $2.80 per pack.

Nutrition label:  One serving contains 6 grams of fats, 2 grams  of proteins, 17 grams of carbohydrates.

The chocolate cookies come with a clean label.  They don't use any trans-fats and contain a minimum amount of sodium. Fat content is not overwhelmingly high, even though 38 percent of energy still comes from fat.

Ingredients list: The ingredients used in the chocolate cookies are desirable.  As claimed on the package, no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors or high fructose corn syrups are used.  This product is considered superior to its competitors chocolate chip cookies as it has bigger or chunky pieces of chocolate.  

chocolate_chunk_cookies_450659919.gifIt's good to see there are no artificial preservatives used in the chocolate cookies.  In cookies like this, many food companies may not hesitate to use some artificial antioxidants to prevent lipid oxidation, as 23 percent of the cookie in weight comes from fat.  Some similar products may contain nano-particles, which are not proved to be safe in the long run. Artificial colors can contain high levels of aluminum salt, which can cause damage to the brain  and increase the risk of brain diseases like Alzheimer's disease. High fructose corn syrup can be more easily transformed into fat in the body and deposited around vital organs like the heart and liver.  HFCS has been linked with high obesity risk. Although eating a few cookies occasionally may not do any harm, food consumers who eat lots of cookies or processed may want to reduce intake of cookies with HFCS.

Another good thing about this chocolate cookie is that it uses baking soda and sea salt (food consumers need to know that baking powder and some type salt contain aluminum salt(s).

Taste and flavor:  This chocolate chunk cookies carry natural deep dark chocolate flavor. The texture is good and the color is okay, even though the editor believes the color can be a little bit lighter.  Over-baking makes a nice brown color, but it may cause more loss of nutrients and lead to the generation of more potential harmful chemical called acrylamide.

Ratings:  4.2/5.  The product can be better if it uses some fiber.  Less fat and sugar can be used. Sugar in the product is almost 36 percent by weight.  But overall, it is a good type of chocolate cookies.

For marketers:  Chocolate cookies are very popular during the holiday season particularly during the Christmas. Utah, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Missouri Washington, Michigan, Kansas, Iowa and Idaho are the top 10 states where food consumers are more likely to use the Internet to buy chocolate or chocolate cookies.  Chocolate oatmeal cookies become more popular during the summer than the previous season.

(by David Liu and editing by Aimee Keenan-greene)