This post originally appeared in September…
I’m all for sneaking vegetables into foods to get kids (and adults) to eat them. However, I was a little skeptical when I saw an ad for the new Mott’s(R) Medleys fruit and veggie snacks. Each little cup is made “only with real fruits and veggies and have plenty of vitamin C to boot”. Apparently each 111g cup contains a full serving of vegetables. However, when you look at the ingredients, you can see that these “vegetables” are juice, which is not going to provide the same nutrition as eating an actual vegetable. In fact, the vitamin C they’re boasting about is due to the addition of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) as a preservative.
A quick look at the Nutrition Facts panel reveals that there is little else of nutritional merit in these Medleys. Sure, they’re only about 50 calories each, but pretty much all of those calories come from sugar (approximately 3 teaspoons of sugar in each).
The Cherry Berry variety does not actually contain any cherries, juice or otherwise. It doesn’t even contain any sort of berry. Same thing goes for the Peach Apple. Not even a hint of peach to be found. The main ingredient in both are apples. Essentially, these are just gussied-up applesauce with a little vegetable juice mixed-in. Hardly what I would call a “full serving” of vegetables.
Yes, there are far worse snacks out there and when given these instead of candy you’re definitely making the better choice. However, they’re not a substitute for actual fruit and vegetables, don’t be fooled.