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Sunkist Fruit Gummies Review

Reviewed by Tanya Jackson | May 3, 2011
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Sunkist Fruit Gummies caught my eye while I was picking up a few items at The Dollar Tree - where everything costs just $1.00. Across the front of the packaging is emblazoned, 35% less sugar than the average leading gummy brands, plus 100% RDA of Vitamin C and it's made with natural fruit juices. Now, I'm not much of a sweets (or chocolate) person, but Gummies are my weakness, so if I find some tasty ones with less sugars, I'm all about it.

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving Size: 40 grams (12 pieces)
Calories: 110
Total Fat: 0%
Saturated Fat: 0%
Sodium: 5 mg, < 1%
Carbohydrates: 31 grams
Fiber: 0%
Sugar: 15 grams
Sugar Alcohols: 11 grams
Protein: 2 grams

I didn't like the fact that all the Gummies were the same nasty brown color - what's up with that Sunkist?! But the taste was pretty darn good - just as good as regular Gummies. I tried to stop at one serving - really I did - but it wasn't to be as the pull was just too strong, and I ended up devouring almost the entire box at once ... and what was left did not make it through the rest of the day.

I put off looking at the nutrition facts for quite a while because I didn't want to know the damage done by my little binge session. Turns out, each box of Sunkist Fruit Gummies has 2.5 servings, and each serving provides 110 calories, no fat or fiber, 15 grams of sugars and 11 grams of sugar alcohols.

The ingredients list includes, glucose syrup, sugar, maltitol syrup, sorbitol, water, gelatin, citric acid, lactic acid, ascorbic acid, artificial and natural flavors, beeswax/ carnauba wax, artificial colors FD&C Red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6 and blue 1. Notice the lack of "fruit" in the ingredients list.

Sugar alcohols can cause stomach upset if you eat too much (and only your body can say how much is too much for you). I estimate I had about 1.5 servings at once, and then the rest later on that night, and I didn't have any ill effects. If you're a Gummy fiend like myself, then Sunkist Fruit Gummies is a worthy substitution to cut out some calories in your diet when you indulge in this kind of thing (which hopefully is not too often).

Rating
Taste: 4.5
Nutrition: 3.5
Price: 5
Overall: 3.5
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