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to not know what's wrong with Fruit Shoots?

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asouthwoldmummy Tue 23-Nov-10 12:55:10

I should point out that DS doesn't have them.

But most MNers seem to be against fruit shoots and I don't actually know what's wrong with them.

Am I right in assuming that's it's because they contain aspartame or is there more to it than that?

NormaStanleyFletcher Tue 23-Nov-10 12:56:15

I think it is the long list of ingredients in a drink that otherwise seems like a healthy fruit drink?

bigchris Tue 23-Nov-10 12:56:23

It's because they are marketed to be full of fruit and good for you which plainly they aren't
mine have them when we go out though

2shoes Tue 23-Nov-10 12:57:03

nothing as long as they don't drink them all the time

clairefromsteps Tue 23-Nov-10 13:13:04

Because they smell vile!

But like any junk food, they're OK as an occasional treat. And an excellent bribery tool ("If you're good while we go round the shops, I'll get you a Fruit Shoot for the way home")

AMumInScotland Tue 23-Nov-10 13:23:26

They are not distilled water specially imported from the Pyrenees. They are not hand-squeezed hand-picked fresh fruit from the Eden project (no air-miles you know...). They are not smoothies made with active yoghurt which has been made in the airing cupboard while the home-made wholemeal bread rises.

In short they are so not Mumsnet that it can hardly be believed that such a thing even exists, let alone that anyone would willingly give them to little Tarquin or Jocasta.

Clockspotter Tue 23-Nov-10 13:25:17

They are the work of the devil!wink Have you tasted them tho'? BEYOND sweet uuurrgggh!

Would rather DD got a taste for water and fruit juice.

Itsjustafleshwound Tue 23-Nov-10 13:25:35

There is nothing wrong with them in moderation.

However, they are high in sugar (aspartane) and there are healthier options available

darleneconnor Tue 23-Nov-10 13:42:52

aspartame is NOT sugar

I dont even think they should be given as an 'occasional treat'

Something with 'fruit' in its name should have to contain fruit. Its marketing shows how powerful the junk food lobby is in the UK

cornflakegirl Tue 23-Nov-10 13:47:37

They're just squash. Don't buy them for at home, but DS1 (5) has them sometimes when we're out. Although these days he tends to ask for Coke. biscuit

Unwind Tue 23-Nov-10 13:49:40

Just taste one.

Then it will all make sense.

NormalityBites Tue 23-Nov-10 13:51:00

Water, Strawberry juice, Flavouring, Citric acid, Acidity Regulator (Trisodium citrate E331), Preservatives (Potasssium sorbate E202, Dimethyldicarbonate E242, Sodium Benzoate E211), Vitamins (C, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, B6, D, B12), Sweeteners (Aspartame, Acesulfame K) Stabiliser (Xanthan gum), Colour (Anthocyanins E163)

That's what is in a strawberry Fruit Shoot.

My MIL buys them for DD< she thinks they are healthy because they are fruit juice. hmm

badfairy Tue 23-Nov-10 13:53:07

The name "Fruit Shoot" implies something healthy....which they are not. If my child was offered one at a party I would not be rushing over to snatch it out of his hand....however, I certainly have no intention of buying them either.

Bramshott Tue 23-Nov-10 13:54:22

They are packed full of chemicals. DD1 (7) is allowed one sometimes if we are out but it will usually make her hyperactive and horrid, as well as giving her an upset tummy. DD2 (3) is not allowed them. The only time DD2 had one she necked the whole lot in record time and then wet herself.

I don't suppose they're any worse than Coke/Fanta/Sprite type drinks really, but it's the fact that they are marketed a (quite small IMHO) children that makes them insidious.

APixieInMyTea Tue 23-Nov-10 13:55:51

They taste foul and contain aspartame which we avoid.

I think the fruit shoot my 5's are better. Plus the bottles are great for drinks in the pram. Can't spill as much. grin

FindingMyMojo Tue 23-Nov-10 13:56:10

DD had one once and she puked everywhere! Now when we buy her a drink she requests a bottle of water - bless her!!!!!!!

5DollarShake Tue 23-Nov-10 13:57:32

I'd never hear of them before coming on MN but PFB was only tiny when I joined, so I'd no reason to have heard of them.

Are they super cheap or something? Just don't really understand why you'd reach for a fruit shoot instead of an actual juice drink (or water grin).

MadamDeathstare Tue 23-Nov-10 13:58:23

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NewTeacher Tue 23-Nov-10 14:14:33

well real fruit juice does contain lots of sugar! so is not particularly healthy to have lots of it!

Everything in moderation is good.

MadamDeathstare Tue 23-Nov-10 14:31:20

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smallwhitecat Tue 23-Nov-10 14:34:43

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cupcakesandbunting Tue 23-Nov-10 14:39:16


I gave DS one once. I'm not precious about him trying stuff out that isn't crack or fags. He tried to beat me up. He was two. I'm not shitting you.

smallwhitecat Tue 23-Nov-10 14:41:47

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Teaandcakeplease Tue 23-Nov-10 14:43:52

YANBU to not know.

I sometimes give them to my DCs if out as a treat but I never buy them for home. I agree that the long list of ingredients and artificial sweetners, when it certainly seems to be marketed as a healthy drink is a bit hmm

I'm started to get to the stage of keeping juice cartons in storage for days out now though for a treat instead though iyswim?

<tea wonders whether mumsnets influence over her is growing> wink

ShadeofViolet Tue 23-Nov-10 14:43:59

The original ones sent my DS's wappy!

The My 5 ones are good sizes for lunchboxes though.

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