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Fake Fruit in Food
Joe Piscatella posted:
You want to do the right thing for your family, so you buy a cereal that contains "fruit." The picture on the package shows berries and other fruits bursting with flavor and nutrition. You feel good about it.

But in reality, there may be little to feel good about. That's because the "fruit" in the cereal may be nothing more than sugary-sweetened gobs of flour with colorings, flavoring and other additives. As an example, many muffins, cereals and breads contain fake blueberries (sometimes called blueberry bits.) Some products, such as Special K Blueberry Cereal, have a little fruit or fruit puree concentrate (mostly sugar) mixed with the fake fruit. Others, such as Total Blueberry Pomegranate Cereal, contain no fruit at all.

So, what can you do? Two things. First, always read the ingredient list. It is much more accurate than the advertising on the package. Next, add your own fresh fruit to cereal and other foods. That way, you know what you are getting.
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