In the past couple of reviews, I’ve been rendered sick and poisoned with salt, so it’s nice to get back to my roots and return to something I can at least be certain will be palatable. Fruttare has become something of a staple of the Shameless Consumer’s diet, I have tried and (with some hiccups) mostly enjoyed the product’s banana & milk, strawberry & milk, and one or two of their fruit sans milk bars. They tend to be consistently great quality products with solid ingredients and, at the end of the day, you can do far worse in terms of health. They rate just a couple of points in Weight Watchers, and Food Facts hates them mostly because of the added sugar and lack of fiber (in an ice cream bar? really). On the website, Fruttare advertises the Peach and Milk bar as:
Bite into new Fruttare™ Peach & Milk bars for the delicious taste of juicy, real peaches + creamy milk. Now doesn’t that sound just peachy?!
It sure does, Fruttare. Out of all of Fruttare’s products I have tried, the Peach and Milk bars have to be the best by a long shot. Unlike the banana bars which were inconsistent in the size and flavor of the fruit chunks, the peaches are cut just to the right size: Not so small that they are indistinguishable, yet not so large that they take up too much space. They are just big enough to remind you that, yes, this food does have real fruit in it. The flavors from the milk and the peaches come together at just the right level, with neither taking reign and without the presence of the artificial fruit flavoring that killed the banana and milk bars.
As with any product that doesn’t shove its natural foods membership card in my face, it’s good to see that Fruttare is keeping up the quality. The first three products on the ingredients list are what you would expect: Skim milk, peaches, and sugar. Our friends over at Food Facts gave the product an F rating due to the fact that it includes added sugar (17g in a bar, which is rather high), and Carrageenan among other controversial ingredients. Carrageenan is seaweed and is used as a thickening agent. While small amounts are generally considered safe, the product was banned in infant formula in the EU because it causes them to consume more and led to intestinal inflammation. In children and adults, however, it is generally considered safe in the low doses present in food. Food Facts also takes issue with the presence of caramel color and corn syrup (not hydrogenated).
On the other hand, the product has received good notes for low calories (110 per serving), low saturated fat (2.5g), low cholesterol (0mg), low sodium (45mg), and the naturally occurring vitamins. One fruit bar provides 10% you daily dose of Vitamin C, 4% of your needed calcium, and 1g of protein. Overall, the Fruttare Peach and Milk bar looks great, is easily one of the better choices, and is relatively healthy.
This isn’t much of a review, but consider it a break from the usual trend of garbage.