Starburst: Artificial Fruit Chews

August 11, 2011 |

You can read on the label: cherry, orange, strawberry and lemon; natural and artificial flavors. It sounds fruity, isn’t it? But the question is: if there are natural fruits why to add cheap artificial flavors and questionable (read an article Food Dye Debate Resurfaces) artificial colors? I suspect that actual fruit content in the Starburst Fruit Chews is miserable if any. Let’s see what risk and nutrition you buy for a buck.

DyeDiet Doesn’t Buy It!

Starburst: Risk, Nutrition and Dye Content
Starburst: Risk, Nutrition and Dye Content

Fortunately, food dye content was found pretty low too, only about 1 mg per candy totaling for 12 mg per pack. But this does not mean that Starburst is a healthy candy: risk is moderately bad; DDFI ~ 1.5 and nutritional value is poor; DDNF ~ 0.6. I consider Starburst another “fruit fraud” (read the Feingold Association‘s document: Behavior, Learning and Health: The Dietary Connection). What is YOUR feeling?

Look instead at Sun-Maid dried fruits.  Note, they do NOT add artificial flavors and colorants to their natural products. You can dig Sun-Maid fruits out at any local Walmart store. Resist the “fruit fraud,” make your informed healthy choice for yourself and your children!

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Category: Candy, Food Dyes Exposure

Comments (6)

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  1. Alaina says:

    I really don’t think anyone is buying Starbust and thinking they are getting anything containing actual fruit. It is candy, and is therefore intended as a treat. Not seeing the “fraud.”

    • DyeDiet DyeDiet says:

      Yes, this can be so at least in the part of consumers. But ask children to see what they think… Why to depict beautiful fruits that are never added? Isn’t this misleading? Same thing about beverages that are drunk by gallons…

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