The treats discussion got me thinking about other convenient foods. I like fresh fruit, but if I’m traveling I may have to settle for something in a package.
POP QUIZ: Which is healthiest – chocolate fudge pudding, strawberry gelatin, or applesauce?
The pudding sounds decadent but it’s not bad, though this one has cornstarch so it’s out for my corn-free pal:
The strawberry gel-thing (not actually gelatin), not too bad either. Natural and artificial flavors, plus a red dye, so if you’re picky about those it may be a pass. I didn’t see Jell-O brand; maybe it was in a different part of the store. If I find anything unusual there I’ll post a follow-up.
HFCS! Sound the alarm!
This “natural” version is better:
I looked at some other fruits. “In light syrup” is a phrase to watch out for:
But “in its own juice” or in this case “in 100% fruit juice” is generally OK. Natural flavors here, but otherwise unsuspicious.
Finally, I looked at a couple of actual cans. Here’s a “no sugar added”:
This contains sucralose, AKA Splenda, a sweetener that has a dubious reputation.
I have not read this 2008 paper on “Splenda Alters Gut Microflora and Increases Intestinal P-Glycoprotein and Cytochrome P-450 in Male Rats” because it costs more than a whole bookshelf of novels. Anyone out there read it? The abstract is available behind the link, and sounds ominous.
Anyway, I used Splenda for a while and decided I didn’t like it, so now I avoid it.
Last item: Raspberry flavored sliced peaches. I looked at it because I thought it was odd; why add raspberry flavor to peaches? I checked the label, suspecting it would be awful, but no.
Natural flavor, is all. Take it or leave it. I didn’t try them, but maybe raspberry peaches are good.