Of course you know there is more to this….
Well. We do have juice listed as the first ingredient. It's from concentrate. It would have been pasteurized. Not much nutrition here of course. Unfortunately the next two ingredients are sugars. One of those is corn syrup. Most likely from GMO corn. I won't go into that whole topic now. Then we have more corn in the form of corn starch. Next we get to the berries, the 5th ingredient listed. I applaud them for actually having purees of the fruits they show on the fruit of their package in their product. That isn't always the case. Next we see gelatin and some "acids". Natural and Artificial flavors. These usually aren't good ingredients. Then Ascorbic acid is added - that's where the 100% DV of Vitamin C comes in. It's basically a vitamin C supplement added to the product. Then the other vitamins listed on the front. Again, supplementation in a fruit snack. The front makes you think it's coming from real food used in the product but that isn't the case. A few other ingredients then some of the worst - Food dyes. Red 40 and Blue 1. I actually snapped pictures of this package awhile back, as I was looking at "food" products typically eaten by kids and how many have dyes in them. I've posted articles about the various issues with food dyes on the IfW Facebook page in the past. Here's a link to one of them. Notice that other countries do not allow these coloring agents to be used, let we do here in the U.S. Here's another article I came across as I was writing this post. There are possible links to everything from cancer to behavioral issues in children. What is frustrating to me is just how much of these dyes kids are ingesting. You could say, "Oh a little won't hurt anything." Maybe. Maybe not. My concern is that kids aren't ingesting a little but rather a lot, simply because dyes are used in so many products given to kids. It's even in their toothpaste.
Let me get back to the fruit snacks. It's not just Welch's that offers this sort of food for kids. There are others. It's common. You'll see two others below. There are more examples though so be sure to check your labels.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better. It's not.
Dr. Seuss, The Lorax