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Why are some canned fruits unhealthy?

Dr. David L. Katz, MD, MPH
Preventive Medicine
It boggles the mind that so-called canned peaches in ‘light syrup’ report 19 grams of sugar on the nutrition facts panel for an 80-calorie serving! That’s 76 of 80 calories from sugar, most of which is added. So the package tells you these are peaches in sugar; really, it’s sugar in a can -- with a bit of added peach. And, by the way, these peaches have half the fiber of their fresh counterpart. Where did the rest go, if not lost to processing? And they declare 20mg of sodium, when there is none in fresh peaches. So apparently, these severely sugared peaches are also lightly salted. Diced pears in light syrup? They declare 15 grams of sugar for a 70-calorie serving, so that’s a bit better! Only 60 out of 70 calories are coming from sugar, most of it added. Still, this is sugar with added pears, really. Mandarin oranges in light syrup report 20 grams of sugar, for a 90-calorie serving. That’s 80 calories out of 90 from sugar, most of it added.

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