Adding a bit more fruit to an eating pattern is a great way to squeeze in a bunch of nutrients without excess calories, but some fruits are higher in calories than others. In fact, some fruits are even processed in such a way that they come with a boatload of empty calories and added sugars.
Help your audience navigate the fruit landscape with this quick and pretty display of fruit.
Arrange the following items in a highly-visible part of your space and make cards that list the calorie content of each item. For an activity, have people match the cards to the fruit. For a non-interactive display, simply place each card by the fruit it describes.
- 1 fresh apple: 71 calories
- 1 cup apple juice: 116 calories
- 1 cup canned peaches in juice: 160 calories
- 1/2 cup raisins: 216 calories
- 1 cup canned peaches in heavy syrup: 251 calories
This display will show participants that dried fruit and canned fruit in heavy syrup are much higher in calories than their less-processed counterparts.
- To add more depth to the display, note the fiber content of each item. This is especially useful when comparing the apple and its juice, since a whole apple contains almost 3.5 grams of fiber, while the juice does not contain any fiber at all.
- For a temporary display or discussion, place actual servings of all the fruit in this list in glass containers on a table. For a more lasting display, use images, food models, or empty packages instead. This can be done on a table or a bulletin board.
- Instead of comparing total calories or calories per serving, you could also compare sugars, highlighting hidden sources of added sugars in each food.
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