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When you walk down the packaged fruit aisle in the grocery store, you might think "this is all fruit and fruit is good for you so I'm going to grab a few for the kids lunches". Problem... ADDED sugar! When choosing a packaged fruit be sure to read the label for the total calories per serving and total carbohydrates (which will be higher if sugar is added).
Fruit pouches (or squeezers) are a new trend in packaged fruit products. Applesauce or fruit in a squeezable container (that is utensil-free and very portable) has become a snack most kids WANT.
In comparing this product squeezer to Dole mandarin oranges, the squeezer wins!
*Take note of the change in texture, the applesauce consistency vs. the fruit chunks.*
When choosing a juice be VERY CAUTIOUS! The recommendations of juice consumption for children is 4-6 ounces per day. Most household cups are 16 ounces in size. Lots of empty calories are consumed just in juice consumption.
For example, if you were to drink a tall glass of the regular cran-grape juice shown above (thinking that cranberry is really healthy for you), you would be consuming 240 calories & 62 grams of sugar--> equivalent to almost a small meal!