CVS Fruit Slices: One more fruit fraud

[ 0 ] January 14, 2012 |

In this upside down world, where we have so much what I call the “fruit fraud” everywhere, when food manufacturers produce something real, they have to explain this by saying something like: “We have made our product with a real fruit, please believe us this time!” Why so? Because otherwise the product will be perceived as another fake like this one: Fruit Slices, artificially flavored product of CVS pharmacy. The problem is: not everyone realizes it is a fake one.

Stated value. You read on the bag:  Premium Quality; Great Value. I’m proud to put my name on this product. It represents the quality and value you’ve come to expect from CVS. I know you’ll enjoy the great taste. As always, it carries our money back guarantee, CEO.

DyeDiet Doesn’t Buy It!

CVS Fruit Slices: Risk, Nutrition and Dye Content

CVS Fruit Slices: Risk, Nutrition and Dye Content

Real value. Made with 5 bio-chemically foreign chemicals (red segments in the risk diagram), 1 benign additive (yellow segment) and 4 carbohydrate nutrients (green segments) these bright-colored candies come with high health risk of DDFI = 41/14 ~ 2.9 and essentially zeroed nutritional value of DDNF = 14/45 ~ 0.3. With this regard the candy is as dangerous as previously reviewed Blow Pop Charms.

He or she is proud… Ha, ha, ha…. Can you read the name?

CVS Fruit Slices claim

CVS Fruit Slices claim

I have tried but I couldn’t. “Their money back”? How about OUR money back? Well, the best thing to do is not to pay our money for this ridiculous starch and sugar stuff colored with azo dyes. Look at the picture of the candies and the orange one dispersed in water:

Fruit Slices and the orange one in water

Fruit Slices and the orange one in water

Yes, the dye content is rather low but why in the world do we have to allow any amount of the azo dyes (read CSPI document Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks) into our blood and the blood of our children? What is good about it? Let me tell you – nothing.

Dye Content in CVS Fruit Slices

Dye Content in CVS Fruit Slices

Here is how red CVS Fruit Slice candy looks when dispersed in water before analysis. What you see are pieces of swelled starch and a clear solution of Red 40 azo dye (read the document European Ban on certain Azo Dyes):

CVS Fruit Slices Red in water

CVS Fruit Slices Red in water

Help yourself! Sorry people, these are not the candies you want your children to be treated to. What do you think?

A better alternative. Here is a much healthier alternative: Liberty Orchards Candies with NO artificial flavors or colors, made with heart-healthy nuts and fruits:

Liberty Orchard Candies

Liberty Orchard Candies

If you don’t find those at your local Costco or Walmart stores it is worth to order them online. Go ahead! I do hope this brief review helps to make less risky food choices for you and your kids! One more thing: Liberty IS important!

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Category: Candy, Candy and snacks, Food Dyes Exposure

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