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Grocery Store Lessons: Mr. Christie’s Fruit Krisps

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I recently saw a poster for these “Fruit Krisps” from Mr. Christie. Naturally I was skeptical regarding their health value and fruit content so I examined a few boxes. Overall, they’re not the worst snack you could have. Each pouch contains 100 calories worth, has 3 g of fat, 15 mg of sodium, 3 g of fibre, 7 g of sugar, and 1 g of protein.

They come in three flavours: mixed berry, blueberry, and banana. Surprisingly, dried fruit is the first ingredient in all of them. But don’t get too excited about them counting as a serving of fruit just yet. For one thing, the amount of fruit in them is not anywhere near an actual serving. For another, they don’t actually contain any of the actual benefits you would obtain from eating actual fruit; no vitamins (none of the Krisps contain any vitamin C), no water, less fibre.

I’d also like to point out that the “mixed berry” variety of “Fruit Krisp” contains only cranberries. I’m not sure where the “mixed” comes into that.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy cracker or cookie you could definitely do worse. But if you’re looking for a nutritious snack containing fruit you’d be better off checking the produce section.

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Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

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