Healthy Kids Snacks
Test Your Snacks for Kids IQ!
By Joe Wilkes
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- 1 Betty Crocker Fruit Roll-Up. This little
fruit leather snack has almost 2 teaspoons of sugar. Not that much compared to
some other things, but an entire container of animal crackers has about the
same amount. Also, the animal crackers aren't as liable to stick to your teeth
and contribute to tooth decay. One roll-up has about 50 calories and 1 gram of
- 1 3/4-cup serving of
Cap'n Crunch (no milk). The Cap'n brings 3 teaspoons of
sugar to breakfastmeaning that about half the calories (110) from this
breakfast are empty. Compare this to Cheerios which have less than 1 gram of
sugar (less than a 1/4 teaspoon) and 2.3 grams of fiber for the same serving,
more than twice as much fiber as the Cap'n.
6.8-oz. pouch of Capri Sun Tropical Punch. This little
space-age pouch contains a little more than half the liquid of a can of soda,
but doesn't skimp on the sugar. It contains 25 grams, or the equivalent of over
6 teaspoons of sugarmaking all 90 of its calories pretty much empty.
Ounce for ounce, it contains more sugar than most sodas.
- 1 package of Hostess
HoHo's (3 cakes). These little nasties that I vainly tried
to trade my apple for every day on the playground have 42 grams, or 10-1/2
teaspoons, of sugar per serving. At least they have 2 grams of fiber. But
you're better off sending an apple. I eventually forgave my mom (sometime in my
twenties), I'm sure your kids will forgive you, too.
- 1 12-oz.
can of orange Fanta. It's caffeine free, but that's about
all you can say for it. The can of Fanta contains 51.8 grams or about 13
teaspoons of high-fructose corn syrup. Imagine ladling 13 teaspoons of sugar
into a tall glass of water with some artificial coloring. That's essentially
what kids are drinking, for a total of 164 empty calories. It truly is the "The
Worst Food on the Planet." If you want
more about the evils of sugar, click here.