Fruit Snacks: Are They Healthy?

by in Back to School, Is It Healthy?, August 28, 2012

fruit snacks
My three kids go gaga over fruit snacks—and they’re not the only ones. You can find them at the movies (in the kids snack pack), in birthday party goodie bags and in school snack or lunch bags. But are these chewy goodies good for our kiddos or just too good to be true?

Yes?
Fruit snacks run around 80-90 calories per small pouch—which is a reasonable amount of calories for a kids’ snack. They’re free of fat, cholesterol and are very low in sodium. Many also provide vitamins A and C.

No?
S-U-G-A-R….these sticky fruit snacks have around 5 teaspoons of added sugar per pouch. Many also contain small amounts of partially hydrogenated oils—another name for artery-clogging trans-fat! There’s also no protein, healthy fat or fiber to make it a satisfying snack—meaning, your little ones will be hungry soon after munching a pack (or two).

If you read the ingredient lists, many fruit snacks are made from food coloring and dyes – including yellow 40, red 5, and blue 1, which has been linked to behavioral problems and hyperactivity in children.

Last year, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) filed a complaint against General Mills for deceptive marketing practices for their Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Roll Ups and other such products. CSPI specifically claims that the claims “naturally flavored,” “good source of vitamin C ”and“ low fat” portrays a message that this is a healthy snack when it actually contains high amounts of sugar, not many nutrients, partially hydrogenated oils, and possibly harmful food dyes.

In August 2012, CSPI also threatened Welches with a lawsuit unless they stop making health claims on their products including fruit snacks. Claims on fruit snacks include that they’re made from “real fruit,” but in reality these snacks are mostly made from fruit juice concentrates.

The Verdict: If you’re looking to give your kids a well-balanced snack with plenty of vitamins A and C, choose REAL fruit instead (you’ll also get fiber and potassium). Most fruit snacks are nothing more than sugar and dyes—it’s right there in the ingredient list. If you’re looking to give your kiddos a healthy fruit snack, you can easily make your own using 5 ingredients.

TELL US: What’s your take on fruit snacks?

More posts from .
Tags: ,

Similar Posts

Cheese: Is It Healthy?

Does this dairy delight have a place in your healthy eating plan? Although cheese has gotten bad press for being high in artery-clogging fat, choosing...

Comments (2,511)

  1. part time online job…

    [...]just beneath, are various totally not connected websites to ours, having said that, they may be certainly worth going over[...]…

  2. yoga training courses in india…

  3. micro ring hair extensions…

    My wife and i ended up being really ecstatic that Michael managed to conclude his inquiry through the entire ideas he got through the web page. It’s not at all simplistic to simply choose to be giving for free tricks which usually the others may have …

  4. webschecktool…

    I saw this really great post today….

  5. earn cash online…

    [...]check below, are some completely unrelated websites to ours, even so, they’re most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  6. great business ideas…

    [...]Here are several of the sites we advise for our visitors[...]…

  7. great business ideas…

    [...]Every as soon as inside a whilst we opt for blogs that we read. Listed beneath would be the latest web pages that we decide on [...]…

  8. DJs in Essex says:

    DJs in Essex…

    One other thing is that an online business administration course is designed for individuals to be able to easily proceed to bachelor degree programs. The Ninety credit diploma meets the lower bachelor education requirements so when you earn your assoc…

  9. jam tangan says:

    jam tangan…

    [...]Here are a few of the web-sites we recommend for our visitors[...]…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>