Mott’s Applsauce has a new line of “Mott’s Plus” snack-sized applesauce cups. Three different flavors are “formulated with important nutrients for which women often don’t meet their daily requirements”:
- Cranberry Raspberry flavor has 3 grams of dietary fiber
- Apple flavor provides 10% of the daily value for calcium (100 mg)
- Pomegranate provides 17 mg of the protective antioxidant vitamins C & E
While natural no-sugar added applesauce consists of apples, water and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) – the high fiber variety has a lot more ingredients, including maltodextrin (an isolated fiber) and apple puree concentrate, which help give it 2 more grams of fiber per serving than the standard variety.
Here’s how the Mott’s Plus Fiber No Sugar Added applesauce stacks up against their traditional No Sugar Added applesauce:
Are you wondering why all commercial applesauce contains added ascorbic acid (vitamin C)? If you’ve ever cut an apple and watched as it turned brown when exposed to air, then you have witnessed the phenomenon known as enzymatic browning. Vitamin C is an antioxidant – meaning that it prevents oxidation on the fruit surface. When vitamin C is added to a fruit or vegetable’s flesh, it prevents discoloration.
So is Mott’s Plus Fiber No Sugar Added applesauce the healthiest apple product you can eat? Not exactly. From its ingredient list you can see there’s a lot of stuff added to bulk up the fiber and make the high fiber version taste good. In actuality, if you like apples, then choosing a good old apple is your best choice. One small sized apple (2 3/4″ diameter) has 80 calories and 4 grams of fiber, not to mention that a real apple is also packed full of water and will cost you less per serving than an applesauce cup.
As with a lot of these new high-fiber processed food products, it seems logical to ask – “Why mess with the real thing?”
If you prefer to have ‘on-the-go’ applesauce available, here are some options you may want to consider, some that have 3 or more grams of fiber per serving.
The Apple Apple flavor has 3 grams of fiber per serving. There is also an Apple Cinnamon flavor that also has 3 grams of fiber per serving. The unsweetened applesauce is made from 100% real fruit, kosher certified, non-GM), gluten free, nut free, dairy free, no added colors, favors, or high fructose corn syrup.
The Apple Cinnamon pouches by Brainiac Kids contain a blend of key nutrients to fuel growing minds. The applesauce has no added sugars, is non-GMO verified, and kosher certified. You can buy Apple, Apple Cinnamon, Apple Strawberry, and a variety pack.
The apples in the White Leaf Apple & Cinnamon Sauce were grown without chemical fertilizers, and are certified USDA organic, GMO-free, certified Kosher, and glyphosate residue free. There are no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. There are 3 grams of fiber per each 4-ounce serving.
There are seven flavors of the Mott’s No Sugar Added Applesauce, each with a total of 2 grams of fiber (1 g dietary fiber, 1 g soluble fiber). There is a resealable cap which makes the pouches great for travel.
There are six 4-ounce cups of Happy Belly Unsweetened Apple Sauce per package. Each serving has 60 calories, 1 gram of fiber, and 11 grams of sugars.
While this is not an on-the-go variety, this chunky cherry applesauce from Indian Summer, is made with apples and tart cherries that are grown and packed in the USA. Each ½ cup serving provides 2 grams of fiber.