My kids used to take Fruit Roll Ups made by General Mills to school as a snack. When I was a substitute teacher I frequently saw them in lunch boxes. I recently had the opportunity to eat a couple of roll ups by Fruitabu distributed by Stretch Island Fruit Company. This is my comparison.
Fruit Roll Ups are made in a variety of types and flavors. I’m looking at the traditional Fruit Roll Up. You’ll find Blastin’ Berry Hot Colors, Electric Blue Raspberry, and Tropical Tie-Dye to name a few. Fruitabu come in two types -Fruit Twirl and Flat. I’ve had the Fruit Twirl previously and in fact am eating one right now which looks and feels like Fruit Roll Ups. They are both rolled up around paper and are sticky. I’m eating the Smooshed Grape Fruit Twirl.
Fruit Roll-Ups taste good. Kids love them. One roll has 50 calories, 5 of which are from fat and only 1 gram of fat. They have no saturated and transfat, no cholesterol, 55 mg of sodium, which is very low, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of sugar and no protein. The amount of Vitamin C is 25% of the daily requirements.
I take a really good look at the ingredients because after all we really may be what we eat. In a Cherry Orange Fruit Roll Up you’ll find pears from concentrate, corn syrup (Corn syrup is not considered a good food by the nutritionists I know.), dried corn syrup, sugar, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil (Anything hydrogenated is also not considered something you want to put in your child’s body.), a few other ingredients and then we have a variety of artificial colors. The nutritional analysis and ingredient have been provided by www.generalmills.com.
Now we come to the organic Fruitabu Smooshed Fruit which I think are delicious. I can’t imagine your child putting up his or her nose at it because it’s healthy. My Smooshed Grape Fruit Twirl has organic apples and organic grapes. Each .7 ounce Fruit Twirl is considered one serving of organic fruit! You’ll see them in small flat packages which equal one half a fruit. Personally I like the taste of the Fruit Twirl over the Flat variety better. Maybe they are just more fun to eat!
Fruitabu have no added sugar. Both roll ups have about the same amount of calories though none of the calories of Fruitabus is from fat. Neither has fat or cholesterol. Fruitabu have no sodium and they have more than 100 mg of potassium. Both have about the same amount of carbohydrates, sugar and no protein. www.fruitabui.com
The major difference between these two products are the ingredients. I would rather my children and I have the fewest ingredients possible and ingredients that are the closest to the earth. Fruitabu Fruit Twirls give me that.
Fruitabu Fruit cost about $3.00 a box with 6 packages making each one $.50. You’ll pay about $3.50 for 10 Fruit Roll Ups but they are smaller at .5 ounces rather than .7 ounces. Doing the math these cost about the same.
My Final Thoughts
To me this is a no brainer. I’d go with Fruitabus. Enjoy and let me know what you think of them.
Disclaimer: I do not work for or know anyone who works for either of these companies.