My friend’s little girl offered me a fruit roll-up when our families went camping last weekend. It has been over a decade since I had a fruit roll-up, but I have fond memories of my younger brother and I taking turns whining at the grocery store until our mother tossed a box into the cart. Behind her back, barely able to conceal our grins, we winked at each other.
I did not care about the nutrition of my snacks when I was a little girl. But last week I felt compel to look at the nutrition labeling on the fruit roll-up box.
50 calories and all corn syrup! In terms of snacks, it is not calorie laden, but certainly has no real nutritional value.
A good alternative to fruit roll-up is fruit leather. I really like the Stretch Island Co.’s fruit leathers found at my local Trader Joe’s. In terms of calories, fruit leather has about the same calories as a fruit-up. But it is the ingredients list that differentiate the two snacks.
For example, my favorite flavor is Strawberry Summer. The ingredients list include: apple puree concentrate, pear puree concentrate, strawberry puree, organic natural strawberry flavor, and lemon juice concentrate.
Notice anything unusual about the ingredients list? Like the fact that there are no sugar?
But I usually end up eating at least two or three. Fruit leathers taste like candy to me. The portion is tiny at half an ounce. And they are certainly pricier than fruit-ups. Ever notice how the healthier option inevitably are the pricier option? If only someone is willing to give me a year supply of fruit leathers. Now that would be nice.
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