An increasing number of “all natural” fruit snacks can be found on supermarket shelves, but are they are really as natural as their labels claim they are? All natural fruit snacks do exist, but in order to be considered truly natural, they must be made with nothing but pure fruit. Fruit snacks that contain added sugar, preservatives, flavorings, and other additives should not be called, “all natural.” Nevertheless, many fruit snack manufacturers get away with labeling their products “all natural” since they contain additives that technically come from a natural source, such as sugar.
Many so-called “all natural” fruit snacks are no healthier than candy. For example, manufacturers of popular brands of fruit roll-ups and fruit gummies claim that their products contain real fruit juice, but the amount of fruit juice they contain is usually minimal. Furthermore, the fruit juice is “real” but it’s nothing more than concentrated apple or grape juice, which is made up of mostly carbohydrates and sugar.
In order for all natural fruit snacks to be considered worthy enough to replace fresh fruit, they must be made with real fruit flesh, which contains plenty of dietary fiber. Don’t automatically believe a label that says “all natural.” Read the nutrition information on the back of the product label very carefully so you can make sure that the fruit snack actually contains pure fruit, dietary fiber, and other important nutrients.
Avoid purchasing fruit snacks that contain additives. Fruit snacks that contain artificial flavorings, preservatives, dyes, and added sugars are simply not as healthy as products that only contain pure fruit. In order to be considered truly natural, fruit snacks have to be as close to the real thing as possible. So, if you look at a fruit snack’s product label and see a lengthy ingredient list, beware.
Contrary to popular belief, not all fruit snacks are bad for you. Many processed fruit snacks on the market have given fruit snacks a bad name, but the truth is that plenty of healthful options are also available. Natural fruit snacks that don’t contain additives and that are made with 100% pure fruit are as nutritious as fresh fruit. They make great snacks that you can take with you when you’re on the go because they are easy to carry, require no spoon to eat, and don’t make a mess.
To help everyone in your family make healthier snack choices, toss out all the junk food in your house and then stock up on healthy fruit snacks and other nutritious snack foods. Healthy fruit snacks taste great and are so fun to eat that your family probably won’t even notice that all of the junk food in the cupboards is gone.