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Natures Harvest Snack Yoghurt Coated Peanuts and Raisins

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      23.10.2008 13:01
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      A tasty sweet treat that's not what it seems

      When I'm sat at my computer and not doing something that requires my full concentration, such as trying to find Christine Aguileras phone number, I tend to snack a lot. Crisps, chocolates, biscuits, cakes, whatever I can get my hands on. After getting on the scales, which are either lying to me or are broke, I decided to go healthy and lose weight for Christmas. Out went all the junk and in came loads of fruit for snacking on, but still wanting a bit of a tasty sweet snack now and again I decided to visit the health shop and try some dried fruits. While there, my eyes came across these tasty looking little white things, Yoghurt Coated Peanuts and Raisins. They are packaged in a clear bag and look good so my reasoning was, I'm in a health shop, they sell them, so they must be good for you, and without checking the label, I bought a couple of bags. At £1.79 for 250 grams they're pretty good value. Upon arriving home, I thought I'd better test them to see if they taste as nice as they look and this is where things started to go a bit pear shaped. I opened the packet grabbed a handfull, put a few in my mouth and chewed happily away as they do taste nice, though the coating is more like a cheap white chocolate taste than yoghurt. While merrily munching away I noticed that the coating on the ones still in my hand started to melt. Now I've heard of some strange things but never melting yoghurt, so I thought, time to check the label. The first thing it shows is the typical analysis per 100 grams Energy....1944kj/465 kcal Protein....8.9g Carbohydrates...54.3g of which are sugars....49.5g Fat....25.8g of which are saturates....14.4g Fibre....2.0g Sodium....trace My first thought was a Jim Royle " healthy snack my **** ", all them calories, and not exactly a low sugar and fat content. Then a look at the ingredients revealed the following Peanuts 23% Raisins 21% Sugar vegetable fats Whey permeate Wheat flour Yoghurt powder (5%) Dextrose Emulsifier (E322) Vegetable protein Modified starch Flavouring This time my thoughts about a healthy snack were in words you've never heard Jim Royle use. There is also an Allergen warning, about the product containing gluten, milk, peanuts and soya. Still curious about the the supposedly yoghurt coating, a trip to the Holland & Barrett website revealed that they are advertised on there as Snack Yoghurt Coated Peanuts and Raisins, but the following information is given. "Whole juicy raisins and crunchy peanuts with a YOGHURT FLAVOURED COATING. Raisins are an excellent source of dietary fibre, and also contain calcium and potassium, with the added benefits of protein and vitamin E from the peanuts" Basically they're yoghurt flavoured white chocolate coated. I'm in two minds about these, they do taste nice, and in poncey chef talk, "you get nice mix of texture and flavour while eating them. The crunchiness of the nut, combined with the soft chewiness of the raisin, followed by a sweet sugar rush as the coating melts in your mouth" Peanuts and raisins are good for you as part of a balanced diet, but some of the nutritional content is less than healthy. So snack wise it seems that a few a day is the way to go with these. The Final Verdict: Are they a nice tasty snack? Yes Are they healthy? maybe in moderation Have you bought more since? Yes How many at a time do you eat? A whole packet, I don't do bits at a time, (but only once a week, honest), my scales tell lies anyway. So as you can gather I still buy them but only once a week and then sweat off the calories by watching "Aerobics Oz Style"

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      Juicy raisins and crunchy peanuts covered in a yoghurt coating.