29 May, 2015

Fruit snacks ‘contain more sugar than sweets’

BBC News | Health | 29 May 2015

Many supposedly “healthy” fruit snacks aimed at children contain more sugar than sweets, says a campaign group.

Action on Sugar looked at 94 products on UK sale, such as coated dried fruit, and found a third contained three or four teaspoons of sugar and 85% were more sugary than Haribo Starmix sweets.

Child health experts said the findings were frightening.

The industry pointed out that most of the snacks had no added sugars, and those that did were clearly labelled.

Action on Sugar said that parents should give their children fresh fruit and vegetables instead of processed fruit snacks.