Saturday, May 2, 2009

Too much of a good thing

I recently discovered these chewy 100% fruit snack and have since been throwing them back like candy. Not surprisingly, I managed to consume the entire package in three days. After tossing a handful down the hatch on day 2, I started reading the fine print.

"Each serving, approximately 14 pieces, contains the same amount of fruit as eating 2 small apples."

Woohoo, look at me eating my fruit like a champ.

Then I noticed the number of servings per container...17. And my brain started doing the math.

I have consumed the equivalent of 34 small apples.

In three days.

That can't be good.

6 comments:

The Tucson Gang May 2, 2009 at 8:03 PM  

That's just not right...how can they make the serving sizes so screwy - that's just totally misleading!

Beth May 2, 2009 at 8:17 PM  

Yeah it is good to eat your fruit, but thats over doing it :) I am guessing they have a lot of sugar in them too (even if it is sucrose vs. fructose). My kids love them, but I really limit them :) What brand do you get? I get the costco ones, but I am guessing there is a more health conscience one out there. I typically get the individual size, but I bet the big bag is cheeper :) Do share which ones you get!

Lori May 2, 2009 at 8:38 PM  

Beth, they are Sun-Rype Mini Bites. Here are the ingredients:

Apple and/or pear puree concentrate, apple and/or grape and/or pear and elderberry juice concentrates, wildberry concentrate (concentrated cherry, raspberry, blueberry, cranberry and boysenberry juices, natural flavor), citrus pectin, natural flavor, lemon juice concentrate, apple fiber

http://www.sunrypeusa.com/viewproduct_us.php?line=9&group=1

There is 29g of sugars per serving all "naturally occuring fruit sugars." That's nearly the same as in a Snickers bar and almost the FDA recommended for a full day. Which means I ate an average of 5x the recommended daily amount in these snacks alone. Eek! Still a healthier choice than a Snickers so I'll probably buy them again but this time, I won't leave the bag open on the desk all day.

Mindy May 6, 2009 at 12:47 PM  

Do they have as much fiber as 34 apples? Because THAT could be a problem!

Christie May 16, 2009 at 8:47 AM  

But they're small apples, right?

Anonymous June 1, 2009 at 8:51 PM  

Oh Lori, this made me chuckle, out out chucke. Thank you for your sacrifice! Abra

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