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Calorie Bargain: Brothers-All-Natural Freeze-Dried Fruit Crisps

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A snack with the health benefits of fruit, like antioxidants and fiber.

The Why: They're lower in calories than dried equivalents, have no added sugar and no preservatives, and they taste great. The Fuji Apple and Asian Pear crisps are about 40 calories per serving. They can even be stored in your car or desk for when you get a case of the hungries.

The Health Bonus: Two grams of fiber per bag! Plus, you get all the great health benefits of fruit (e.g., antioxidants).

What We Liked Best: The portion-controlled bags, and that there are absolutely no additives, preservatives, or added sugar -- just 100 percent natural fruit.

What We Liked Least: They go fast, so just make sure to eat only one bag -- resist the urge to grab a second. And if you leave an opened bag unfinished, they tend to get soggy quickly.

What It Replaces: Potato chips, pretzels, candy.

The Price: About 99 cents per bag (with certain minimum purchases). Online you can purchase 24 for $19.99 plus shipping.

Offerings: Banana Fruit Crisps, Fuji Apple Fruit Crisps, Asian Pear Crisps, Pineapple Fruit Crisps, Strawberry-Banana Fruit Crisps, Strawberry Fruit Crisps.

Where to Buy: Available nationwide at Costco Wholesale, Whole Foods, and other chains. They're also sold on Brothers' Web site, or you can order by calling 585-343-3007.

Nutritional Information: Fuji Apple, serving: 1/2 cup, calories 39, fat 0g, cholesterol 0g, sodium 0g, carbs 9g, fiber 2g, sugars 6g, protein 0g.

Ingredients: 100 percent Fuji apples.


Charles Stuart Platkin is a nutrition and public health advocate, founder and editor of, the health and fitness network, and author of The Diet Detective's Calorie Bargain Bible. Copyright 2008 by Charles Stuart Platkin. All rights reserved.

Reprinted with permission from, May 2008.



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