Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Betty Crocker "Fruit" Snack Review and Contest














Betty Crocker sent me a prize package give away which included Create-A-Bug Fruit Flavor Shapes, Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit By The Foot, a frisbee, pic up sticks and a light up yo-yo. I have to admit I have turned away other offers for "fruit" snacks because they haven't been organic, but I cut Betty Crocker some slack--I owe them one for creating mainstream gluten free baking mixes.

Anyway, my kids were pretty psyched, because they haven't seen that kind of junk food in our house since last Halloween. I have to say, it is nice to have a little junk food every now and then so no one feels like it is actually off limits or forbidden. I try to be under the radar about unhealthy food--I just don't buy it. So, here is my take on these Betty Crocker "Fruit" snacks...

Pros:
-It is really helpful to have mainstream snacks that are labeled gluten free.
-These snacks contain pears (not apples.) Pears are the least allergic fruit there is, while apples contain salicylates which some people are very sensitive to. Most "fruit" snacks contain apples. If your child reacts to other dried "fruit" snacks, they might do better with these Betty Crocker "fruit" snacks. If they react to these as well, it might be the dye or the corn syrup.
-The Fruit Roll ups are only 50 calories and 7 grams of sugar, which means it's not a ridiculous amount of corn syrup and sugar. Some kids are sensitive to the amount of sugar in a snack and most other brands contain more sugar.
-My kids loved them and I think I could have gotten them to do anything for a Fruit Roll Up!
-They are a mainstream product that friends and family might have in their house or find in the regular grocery store.

Cons:
-They turned my daughters tongue bright blue, which was a little scary. Ideally, I would like NO dye, but could they scale back on the dye so her tongue wasn't quite so blue? See my post on Lose the Dye for more info.
- They contain cottonseed oil--which is a "byproduct of an industry that has a surplus of seeds and it is one of the most pro-inflammatory oils."
-They aren't organic, so they might contain up to 28 pesticides that are found on pears according to What's On My Food.
-Almost anything could be in "Natural and Artificial Flavors"

I was thrilled that everyone is healthy enough now that they don't get thrown off by a little junk food. In addition, my kids are enjoying the light up yo-you (even though it is plastic.) I would like to request that Betty Crocker consider taking the dye out of their fruit roll ups. Food companies took the dye out of many drinks and they are now clear. They took the dye out of gum. Why not consider taking the dye out of these "fruit" snacks at some point? We just don't need bright blue food. I asked Betty Crocker which of the snacks had the least dye. They told me to check the packaging as formulas change. I am guessing from my kids mouth that the fruit gushers have the least dye and the fruit roll ups have the most dye. Hopefully Betty Crocker will consider taking the dyes out of products marketed to children, as they have in England where "Food manufacturers, including Mars and McDonald's, have agreed to replace artificial dyes with natural alternatives, but only in their UK products." 1

If you want your own "Simple Joys" prize package from Betty Crocker, leave a comment with your email by December 1st (or leave a comment AND send your email to my email separately by clicking on the @gmail.com on the right.) You can get an extra entry by blogging or tweeting this and leaving a link to your post/tweet in your comment.

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46 comments:

Tamara (sweaver006@tx.rr.com) said...

December 2nd maybe?? : ) If it helps, I feel like it should still be October. Loved your post, as always. We do a little junk food too...makes me cringe, but they are kids after all. So, this give away would be fun. But I totally agree, I'd buy much more of this type of product if it didn't have the dye!

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Stephanie said...

With you on the dye issue but the kids still want it in their lunchbox
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Terri L said...

My kids love these

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Michele said...

Thank you for the giveaway. I think that ths would be a fun snack to try. I'm not sure about the DYE but, if they brushed right away it shouldn't be too bad.

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jennem said...

I find the dye a little scary as well...but as an occasional treat, it's ok I guess.
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Kimberly L said...

I'm not sure if I like the bright blue tongue factor either.

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Jill said...

I agree that the kids do not need all of these dyes! Thanks for the offer :)

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denyse said...

This would be so fun to win. I LOVED Pick Up Sticks when I was a kid. I bet my Mom did too, they kept me busy and quiet.

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cdziuba said...

I surely would love to win! cdziuba@aol.com

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cdziuba said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/6213755864


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Cat@3KidsandUs said...

My kids absolutely love Fruit by the Foot. I'd love to share this package with them.

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mogrill said...

My daughter LOVES these as well. Thanks for the chance.
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Molly K said...

My boys love these!!

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ktgonyea said...

My son loves these :)

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andersonann48 said...

We love these at our house an not just for the kids---I eat them like crazy! Thanks,A.Anderson
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Rebecca L said...

I never knew they were made from pears. An occasional treat isn't too bad.

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Rebecca L said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/beckysweeps13/status/6220593888

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EDRing said...

These are a popular snack with my kids. They would love them.

Ellen
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Karen said...

I love Fruit roll ups although i do agree about the very high amount of dyes. Its a bit scary

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Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

You're right on the dye, it does seem like overkill with some of these products. I think my DH would love that Yo-Yo! LOL

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whitetrashtrish said...

playing pick up sticks was my childhood fave!! i think my kids would get a kick!

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Anonymous said...

I just found Out I have to watch Glutons so this is amazing thank you for doing some teaching for Me thanks

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Lim said...

Pick-up sticks are the best! The giant ones are scary though.

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Molly C. said...

My kids are bigtime fruit snack junkies.

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Angela G said...

These look great. Thanks!
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Angela G said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/ag1414/status/6229908455

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Anonymous said...

I would like to enter this giveaway. I too am trying to find better ways to feed my family better. And I am trying to instill in my daughter how important it is to eat right. But she does love her share of ice cream! Thanks for the giveaway.

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GALENA said...

sounds great

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Anonymous said...

Enter me please. Thanks.

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plhill2000 said...

Enter me, please. My family loves these kind of snacks even with a blue tongue.

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Linda said...

this really sounds good would love to try it. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Lisa Fielding said...

The other issue with the chewy fruit snacks is that they stick to the teeth and can cause cavities. My dentist told my son to stay away from any kind of fruit snacks for dried fruit when he developed a cavity at age five!

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checkers said...

Nothing like getting a blue tongue so I'm all for this, thanks.
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amyd said...

my 2 sons would really like this!
Although I don't like the dye to much either
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js22 said...

ooh these snacks sound great!

Thanks for the giveaway!
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js22 said...

tweet: http://twitter.com/js22222222/status/6250176548

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Barbarawr said...

Reading your post about the dyes reminded me of the year I took Wilton Cake Decorating classes when the kids were little. I was so proud of the Christmas trees I made out of ice cream cones and GREEN frosting. Well... a day later, I hear a terrified scream from the bathroom and my daughter made me come up and look in the toilet. Needless to say, no more green Wilton dye in anything my kids eat!

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Barbarawr said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/bsw529/status/6251442041

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Sarah said...

Love fruit snacks.

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Leslie S. said...

My kids love these fruit snacks! Thanks!
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kathy pease said...

Thank you for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY.. Please count me in :)

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kathy pease said...

http://twitter.com/klp1965/status/6253361215

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Naddez said...

Great healthy giveaway!

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Naddez said...

Tweeted @ http://twitter.com/Naddez/status/6256042934.

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cookiert said...

My kids would love this!

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Gianna said...

Please enter me :)

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