A Popular Snack
Dole sells fresh and canned fruit, but when they team up with Nestle, there's trouble. The strawberry part of Dole Strawberry Fruit Dips is not so bad (strawberry pieces mixed with sugared strawberry puree). It is the Nestle chocolate flavored coating that leads to the bad stuff.
The "100-percent Vitamin C Drink" on the label makes people think they are getting real juice (not vitamin C added at the plant). However, it's just another sweet treat.
The coating (sugar, chocolate, coconut oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, cocoa butter, milkfat, soy lecithin and natural and artificial flavors) will coat a lot more than just the bar.
The main culprit:
The coconut oil. It is there to keep the coating from melting. It also gives each 190-calorie bar most of its six grams of belly-busting saturated fat - nearly a third of your limit for the entire day, not to mention an awful lot for a fruit snack.
Then there is the partially hydrogenated soybean oil, which could add some heart-damaging trans fat.
If you want fruit flavor on a stick, try Dole's (undipped) Strawberry Fruit "N Juice Bar. It has the fruit, less than half the calories, and none of the saturated fat.
Better yet, make your own pops with our Frostie Pops Recipe - made with only two pure ingredients - orange juice and cranberry juice.
Notable Note: Dole has been making some of their fruit products with fruit from China. Buyer beware - this is not good. Read the cartons.
Disclosure: We have no affiliation with the manufacturer mentioned above.
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