How Healthy are Your Kids' Healthy Snacks? Slideshow

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Yoplait Go-Gurt
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Yoplait Go-Gurt
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Something about Cotton Candy yogurt, sucked from a tube, doesn't sound nutritious. Indeed, this “excellent addition to your child's diet,” actually contains two kinds of sweeteners — sugar and high-fructose corn syrup — and more of the sweet stuff per ounce than Coca-Cola (4.89 grams compared to 3.25).

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Minute Maid 100 Percent Fruit Juice
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Minute Maid 100 Percent Fruit Juice
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A mainstay of school lunches nationwide, juice boxes from Minute Maid are marketed as a “portable refreshment” that's full of vitamin C and calcium. But with a whopping 25 grams of sweeteners in one pouch of their “Coolers” line, and few other nutrients, your kid's basically getting a liquid sugar high.

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Del Monte Cherry Mixed Fruit Cups
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Del Monte Cherry Mixed Fruit Cups
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Those ruby-red cherries? They're actually colored with carmine, an additive derived from crushed, boiled beetles that's also a little-known allergen. If that's not enough to deter you, consider that a four-ounce fruit cup represents merely 38 percent of an actual serving of fruit.

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Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers
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Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers
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They're grinning, but Goldfish crackers don't offer much nutrition news to smile about. Primarily made of refined flour, oil, and sugar, they offer a mere one gram of the fiber your kids need (and probably don't get enough of). And that addictive quality? Courtesy of autolyzed yeast, better known as MSG.

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Mott's Single-Serving Apple Sauce
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Mott's Single-Serving Apple Sauce
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All the fruit flavor, none of the nutrition. The second ingredient in these purées is high-fructose corn syrup, and while a single apple contains a bevy of nutrients — 4 grams of fiber, polyphenols, and vitamin C — their saucy peer contains absolutely none. The reason? An apple's nutrition is all in the skin.

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Quaker Flavored Rice Cakes
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Quaker Flavored Rice Cakes
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An adult diet mainstay, rice cakes now come in flavors like Chocolate Crunch. Too bad the cakes contain only rice, sugar, corn, and additives. They're so short on substance — almost no protein, fiber, or fat — that putting them in a lunchbox will have kids running to the vending machine for snack number two.

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Frito-Lay Sun Chips
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Frito-Lay Sun Chips
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With the slogan “Healthier Planet, Healthier You,” it might surprise that these chips are made by the company behind Lay's and Doritos. Sun Chips contain 140 calories per meager 11-chip serving, and the same additives that make real chips so addictive. Good luck limiting kids to just one portion.

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Nabisco Graham Crackers
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Nabisco Graham Crackers
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Maybe it's the s'mores association, but Graham crackers just seem so darn wholesome. But they're almost identical to cookies, sharing primary ingredients like refined flour, sugar, and high-fructose corn syrup. In fact, they've got nearly the same calorie and sugar count as snack-size Chips Ahoy cookies.

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Quaker Chewy Granola Bars
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Quaker Chewy Granola Bars
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Quaker's kid-friendly, “wholesome” bars include flavors like Chocolate Mint and Cookie Dough. The company boasts that the bars are made without high-fructose corn syrup, but other sweeteners appear 10 times on the ingredient labels and the bars contain BHT — a preservative also used in jet fuel.

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Frigo Cheese Heads String Cheese
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Frigo Cheese Heads String Cheese
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These “wholesome and easy” peelable snacks might seem like a good way to add calcium and protein into your tot's diet, but they're heavily processed and include several different cheeses mixed with a bevy of additives. And with 200 milligrams of sodium, one stick is 10 percent of a 9-year-old's daily sodium intake.

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