Let me clear the air, I love the simpleness that frozen food brings. You take it, pop it in the toaster or microwave and within a couple minutes you can have a decent tasting waffle. The problem is that many, or most of frozen foods have ingredients that are thought to be unhealthy.
Don’t let Eggo Waffle product placement sway you!
Eggo waffles is well known for paying food bloggers big money for sponsored posts. A sponsored post is when, for example, a company pays me to write a review of their product. Many times food bloggers give honest reviews in these situations, however, it’s just difficult to critique a company that’s paying your bills. For the most part, health food bloggers in the Keto, Gluten Free, Low Carb, or Paleo realm will not give in to companies wanting to buy a positive review. However, it’s still common to see posts paid for.
Bloggers normally do openly say when it’s a sponsored post, but it’s not always obvious. Eggo throws massive amounts of money at bloggers and most recently at product place. Eggo is a sponsor of the Netflix Sci Fi show Stranger Things. Now, I love Stranger Things, but I don’t like seeing people eating Stranger Ingredients from Eggo waffles!
What’s so bad about frozen waffles?
I don’t like the ingredients! I try not to eat foods with dyes because some studies show dyes are potentially harmful. I also try to avoid soy lecithin. Soy lecithin is in so many things and some studies indicate that too much soy can be harmful. Frozen waffles also have soybean oil, which is more soy. When the waffles aren’t organic, they’ll likely contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) which I also try to limit since there is no way to know the long term effects. Maybe GMOs don’t do a thing, but there’s no way to know for sure.
Another ingredient that I try to avoid at all costs are dyes. Some dyes are supposedly safe to ingest, and almost all foods have dyes in them, but it doesn’t mean that you can ingest them without consequence. Many frozen waffles also contain a preservative called TBHQ. TBHQ allows frozen waffles to stay “fresh” in the freezer for long periods of time.
Ingredients for the top 5 Frozen Waffle Brands
We looked at five of the top frozen waffle brands that are available at most grocery stores across the country. To stay consistent, we only selected plain waffles. No waffles that were mutligrain, whole wheat, or favored were looked at.
Aunt Jemima may make incredible pancake and waffle syrup, but they also make frozen waffles. Its ingredients are below.
Enriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Sugar, Whey. Contains 2% Or Less Of: Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate [Soy Lecithin]), Whole Eggs, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Chloride, Salt, Corn Syrup [Solids, Corn Starch, Colored With (Yellow 5, Yellow 6), Fortified With (Reduced Iron, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Cyanocobalamin [Vitamin B12]), Natural And Artificial Flavor (Dextrose, Corn Starch, Natural And Artificial Flavors), Soy Lecithin. Contains: Eggs, Soy, Milk, Wheat.
Who doesn’t love Eggo waffles? I do! Still, the ingredients in Eggo waffles make me want to take a second look at whether I should be eating these things!
Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Vitamin B1 [Thiamin Mononitrate], Vitamin B2 [Riboflavin], Folic Acid), Water, Vegetable Oil (Soybean, Palm and/or Canola Oil), Eggs Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Contains 2% or Less of Sugar, Salt, Whey, Soy Lecithin, Beta-Carotene for Color. Vitamins and Minerals: Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Reduced Iron, Niacinamide, Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Vitamin B1 (Thiamin Hydrochloride), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B12. Contains Wheat, Egg, Milk and Soy Ingredients.
Van’s website didn’t work, but I was able to find the ingredients on Wal-Mart! Still, although it’s ingredients are decent, it still contains some scary sounding ingredients!
Water, Van’s Gluten Free Mix (Brown Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Rice Flour, Soy Flour), Canola Oil, Van’s Natural Fruit Juice Blend (Pineapple, Peach, and Pear Juice Concentrates), Baking Powder (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda, Calcium Phosphate), Salt, Soy Lecithin, Guar Gum.
These waffles aren’t the best, but they had some of the best ingredients. Still, soy is prevalent in this product.
Water, Organic whole wheat flour, Organic enriched wheat flour (organic wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid, ascorbic acid [vitamin c]), Organic expeller pressed canola and/or organic expeller pressed soybean oil, Organic evaporated cane sugar, Leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate), Organic wheat bran, Organic soy lecithin (emulsifier), Organic pear juice concentrate, Sea salt
Nature’s Path is actually one of my favorite waffles, still, it contains some ingredients that I wouldn’t normally want to ingest.
Water, brown rice flour*, potato starch*, corn flour*, soy oil*, tapioca starch*, cane sugar*, potato flour*, leavening agent (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, and monocalcium phosphate), soy lecithin*, pear juice concentrate*, natural flavor, sea salt. *Organic. Contains soy.
Who wins the frozen waffle contest?
Nature’s Path is the clear winner when only looking at ingredients. Although soy oil and soy lecithin aren’t ingredients I want on my waffles, the ingredient list is much less than the others. Still, I always prefer waffles that only have the ingredients that I put in myself.
The real winner is – Homemade Waffles!
Waffles that you make at home always win for a few reasons…
1. You control the ingredients
I know the quality of the ingredients and I can use what fits my budget. I can add or change the recipe whenever I want based on what’s in the house.
Read our post on Waffle Iron Basics, which includes a basic recipe for homemade waffles.
Or if you’re on a specific diet, try these Paleo Waffle recipes.
2. These waffles are filling
Since they’re made with protein, fat, and I can limit carbs and added sugar. For extra protein, I add plain nonfat greek yogurt as a topping. For sweetness, I go with strawberries.
3. Fits your time and money
These are ingredients I use for other meals throughout the week, buying them works better in our grocery budget. It also makes it easy to do the more you do it. The first time may be a little annoying, however, once you do it a few times, you’ll pick up a recipe you’re comfortable with in no time.
For an affordable waffle maker, check out these best waffle makers for under $50.
For a multi-functional waffle maker that does much more (and also has ceramic plates) – Check out the George Foreman Evolve Grill.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Conventional frozen waffles are full of stuff we wouldn’t put in homemade waffles, so why eat it? I just can’t see myself adding sodium aluminum phosphate, soy lecithin, or soybean oil to my food. Therefore, I have a choice, and I choose to make homemade waffles that are healthy, filling, and delicious. The time it takes to learn a recipe well and get used to a waffle iron is time that is well spent. The waffle iron and recipe will benefit your family for years to come.