Love it, Like it, Hate it: Fruit Chips, Crisps, and Snacks

Fruit crisps, chips, and dried fruit may sound like nutritious snacks, but the reality is that some can pack in more sugary calories than a Snickers bar!  In today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it, we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on the best and worst of seemingly healthy fruit snacks!

Love it!

No-sugar-added baked or freeze-dried fruit chips, with nothing but real fruit and occasional add-ins like cinnamon.  All of the following are gluten-free, preservative-free, with no added sugars:

Bare Fruit Apple Chips, available in Cinnamon, Fuji Red, and Granny Smith

Nature’s All freeze-dried fruit

YogaVive Fruit Chips, with apple chips and mango chips in a variety of flavors.

Just Tomatoes brand of freeze-dried fruit

Funky Monkey freeze-dried single-serving packets

Like it!

Dried fruit, no sugar added.

They’re dense in sugary calories, with 100 calories and as much as 26 grams sugar per quarter-cup serving, although the sugars are all naturally-occurring fruit sugars.  Dried fruit with no added sugar is excellent for the person looking to gain weight, who needs to squeeze even more calories into their diet.

Hate it!

Craisins.  Extremely calorie dense, made with added sugar.  130 calories and 26 grams of sugar in every quarter-cup handful.

Banana Chips.  Made with added oil and sugar, each half-cup serving packs in 182 sugary calories.

Pineapple rings, with  96 calories and 17 grams of sugar per ring.  Coated with sugar, just three pineapple rings packs in more calories than a Snickers Bar, with nearly twice as much sugar!

Nearly all gummy fruit chews, even those marketed as ‘made with real fruit juice’ since they often have as little as 10% real fruit juice.


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