Oct 25 2010

Don’t Be Fooled by Candy disguised as Health Food

Published by at 5:12 pm under Uncategorized

I recently met a mother worried about her sons food choices. He takes his own lunch to school and is not a big milk drinker, or fruit eater, so  she sends him to school with a package of  yogurt covered raisins, thinking she is getting a serving of both dairy and fruit into him. Unfortunately she is sending him with a package of candy that only sounds healthy but really is not.

Yogurt is a great source of calcium and the low fat versions carry very little fat. In fact an 8 ounce cup will contain 30% or 300 mg of the calcium her son needs. Raisins are dried grapes and the US Dietary guidelines considers a serving of dried fruit to be good enough to replace an apple, orange or other whole fruit. But, combining yogurt and raisins into Yogurt Covered Raisins creates a product that is very high in fat, contains little calcium, and very little fiber.

Just two tablespoons ( most kids will eat a lot more than this)  of Yogurt Covered Raisins has 150 calories and 7 grams of fat, most of it as saturated fat, the type that clogs arteries and for all those calories her son will only  get about 60 mg of calcium ( he needs about 1,000 mg of calcium), and only 1 gram of the  12 to 19 grams of fiber his body actually needs

 Better to serve Yogurt Covered Raisins as a dessert, but keep in mind, 2 tablespoons have the same calories as one small ( 1/2 cup) scoop of ice cream.

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