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!
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!