My daughter loves canned fruit. She would eat it at every single meal.
Unfortunately most fruit comes packed in heavy or light syrup and fruit packed in juice is a little more rare.
Even before diagnosis, I always bought the fruit packed in juice. And since I never gave my kids juice, I always poured it off.
Not a big deal unless you have to figure out the carbs!
Most of the canned fruit packed in juice we purchase have “about 3.5 servings.” I hate when the serving size is “about.”
If you serve your child the juice, you can just weigh out 3.5 equal servings and each is 15 grams of carbs. But if you don’t serve the juice, how many carbs are there in just the fruit?!
Here’s the only way I have figured out how to calculate it, and if you have a better/easier way, please give me suggestions.
- Pour the juice into a measuring cup.
- Divide the fruit equally by weight among 2-3 bowls.
- Figure out the total carbs for the entire can by multiplying the number of servings per can by the number of carbs per serving.
- Subtract the estimated number of carbs for the juice from the total. (I estimate the juice at 15 grams of carbs per half cup.)
- Divide the net number of carbs by the number of servings.
All this math just for a bowl of canned fruit!
Today my daughter wanted pear halves for her snack.
Del Monte 100% Juice Pear Halves
about 3.5 servings, 15 grams carbs per serving
3/4 cup discarded juice
3.5 x 15 = 52.5 total carbs
52.5 – 22.5 (carbs in 3/4 c juice) = 30gC
2 servings of fruit only = 15gC each serving.
Why can’t they make our lives easy and pack fruit in water?
The last few times she’s wanted canned fruit, I just included the juice. Too much math, too little time!
Del Monte gets poor marks because I could not find nutrition data on their website.