We know that some moms may take issue with the amount of sugar in Raisels®, but others will appreciate that raisins (the number one ingredient in Raisels) naturally contain about 21 grams of sugar per 35 gram serving. The light dusting of sugar that we add to make Raisels (about 10% of the total weight), is a small price to pay for making raisins into a healthy alternative to candies and soft drinks that can contain far more added sugar than Raisels.
Remember, 90% of the sugar in Raisels is naturally occurring. There are 5X more added sugar in a serving of sweetened dried cranberries than Raisels. There are also 19X more added sugar in a bag of Skittles original flavor candies and 17X more added sugar in a 12 ounce can of coca cola.
The American Heart Association issued guidelines for diets based on added sugar. Additionally, the US government’s recently released 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends limiting added sugar (and increasing nutrient-dense foods like fruit, the number one ingredient in Raisels). However for moms who are more interested in total sugar than added, Raisels 23 grams compare favorably to a 6 ounce serving of Yoplait original strawberry yogurt (26 grams), a 3.25″ diameter apple (23 grams), or a 1.5 ounce bar of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate (24 grams). Many other common snacks and candies have even more.
No food is perfect, but for our money, Raisels come close. Raisels number one ingredient is real fruit that’s healthy, fun for kids to eat, and jammed packed with vitamins and nutrients that sugar based snacks lack.
Sugar Content Sources:
Sweetened Dried Cranberries from internal research
Skittles from http://www.wrigley.com/global/brands/skittles.aspx#panel-3
Coke from http://productnutrition.thecoca-colacompany.com/products/coca-cola
Yoplait from http://www.yoplait.com/products/yoplait-original-style-yogurt
Apple from http://www.sugarstacks.com/fruits.htm
Hersheys from http://www.thehersheycompany.com/brands/hersheys-bars/milkchocolate.aspx?cat=sn#/1900