Raisels® and Sugar

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.

Raisels Nutrition Facts

Nutritional Information Panel from Raisels Sour Lemon Blast

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

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29 Responses to Raisels® and Sugar

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  2. Kelley Beaugrand-Roscoe says:

    I just tried these for the first time yesterday. I bought them at my corner Walgreens. I LOVE THEM! YUM! I was wondering why I didnt think of this! It’s like my two favorite things together,golden raisins and lemon! Oh yes and I am a 47 year old woman!!!

  3. Angela Rader says:

    I am proud Gram to twin 2-3/4 yr olds!! A challenge has been to get them to finish their dinners!! 1st “Gram” is asked for when I come in the door is if I have a “prize” for them in my purse. They love the sour lemon raisels, and I would love to try the other flavors, but the lemon ones are the only ones sold in my area (Knoxville, TN). We go through @ least 14 boxes a week (more at times) and I would love to be able to offer a selection! Is there any way I might purchase directly from you all? Thanks very much!!!

  4. SR says:

    Love them! But I was told at a few stores in Northern California they have been discontinued! Is that true???

    • Lisa says:

      OUr LUcky’s discontinued them a few months back but I just saw some there today. Maybe a d/c for the new packaging? I saw they had watermelon now and swooped up a pack… only to get home and see I got peach as the packing is similiar. The peach are okay but I wanted watermelon waaa lol

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  7. Jody says:

    I love em I was at work and started to loose my energy by the end of the day and tried some sour peach and wow I got my energy back and felt so much better! They rock going to by them for the whole family! Thank you! <3 Jody

  8. Namah says:

    I bought my Raisels at Walgreens too…but when I went back for more, they were all out….would love to know where to purchase in south Florida. :)

    • goldforest says:

      Thank you for your question and we can now proudly say they have watermelon and orange raisels in Wal-Mart in the 4.5 oz carton for only $.98.

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