Breaking News: Whole Fruit Actually Better than Fruit Snacks!

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Sarcasm implied. This article from the LATimes expounds upon some of the reasons why fruit snacks are not as healthful as real, whole fruits, despite their health claims about vitamin content.

Yes, many fruit roll-ups and fruit leathers promise a full serving of fruit, but these snacks are often made of fruit purée and fruit juice concentrate (often apple, grape and pear), which usually means that a lot of the nutrients in the original fruit have been processed out. Basically, all that remains is sugar.Kids may be getting some vitamin C, but they’re also missing out on the fiber and antioxidants, many of which are found in the peel.

A Fruit By The Foot now and then isn’t the end of the world, but keep it as a once-in-a-while special treat.

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