Today’s Chewsday Review is essentially dried fruit covered in yoghurt. It’s Go Natural Apricot Frugo’s. Surely that’s a pretty healthy food? Let’s see…
🔹Yoghurt coating 85% (sugar, vegetable oil, milk solids, emulsifiers (soy lecithin, 492, 476), calcium carbonate, citric acid, starch, glazing agent (904), fruit centre 15% (concentrated apricot puree, concentrated apple juice, concentrated apple puree, concentrated lemon juice, citrus fibre, pectin, natural flavour, natural colour (paprika)
🔹Glazing agent 904 is shellac (but not the nail polish!) that comes from insects, and provides the shiny texture.
🔹The emulsifiers keep the texture consistent in the Frugo’s and are generally well-tolerated.
🔹Common allergens include: milk, soy
🔹This food is a source of calcium, providing 374mg/100g. This means a 30g handful would provide 22% of a young child’s requirements and 16% of an older child’s calcium requirements.
🔹The sodium content meets healthy guidelines, which I would expect for a sweet product.
🔹Fat content exceeds healthy guidelines with fat making up 22.8% of the product (recommended to be less than 10%). The saturated fat in particular is 22.3%, which is MUCH higher than the recommended less than 3%! This is quite concerning.
🔹The sugar content (67%) is also well above the recommended guidelines (less than 15%). Usually, if this were a dried fruit product, I’d expect about 40-50% sugar (as naturally occurring sugars). This number is obviously well above that, and likely comes from the added sugar in the yoghurt (see below) and the fruit juice concentrates (basically just the sugar from fruit).
🔹I’d be hard pressed to consider this ‘yoghurt coating’ as yoghurt. The first two ingredients are sugar and oil, which are not key components of yoghurt! This would account for the high fat and sugar contents!
🔹These Frugo’s actually have an apostrophe before the ’s’ in their name. I won’t go into a grammar lesson now, but this really gets my goat.
🔹“An all natural fruity centre” At first I wondered why this didn’t just say ‘dried fruit’. Well, according to the ingredients list, the centre is a mixture of concentrated puree and juice, which is NOT dried fruit.
On a side note, I’d just like to clarify a couple of things about dried fruit. I often hear people say ‘oh, dried fruit is full of sugar’. Essentially, dried fruit is just normal fruit that has had all of the water removed. No extra sugar is added. But, because the fruit is much smaller than fresh fruit (think of a sultana compared to a grape), you tend to eat more dried fruit (and therefore eat more sugar). This is not a bad sugar, and it does contain fibre, but it’s just easy to overdo it. It also gets stuck in kids’ teeth much more easily than fresh fruit.
🔹“Source of calcium.” As clarified above, these Frugo's do provide some calcium (about half that of a serve of yoghurt). However, they also provide a lot of fat and sugar with that calcium.
🔹"No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives". Realistically, most products are free from these nowadays.
🔹These are in the health food aisle, which is clearly a big joke.
🔹These are lollies, with a touch of calcium. I am not giving them a Chewsday tick of approval,
🔹Fresh apricots and yoghurt, or any dried fruit would be a MUCH more nutritious option.
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