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Baby Food for Adults?

Senior consumer reporter and “Deal of the Day” columnist Kelli B. Grant samples gourmet treats and fancy kitchen gadgets at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C.

It’s not quite taking candy from a baby, but parents may be tempted by fruit purées once more commonly found in supermarket baby food aisles.

Buddy Fruits, which sells the fruit in squeezable pouches, typically sell for $1.50 to $2. Similar products are also sold at Starbucks and other outlets with adult clientele. In fact, the company says they were never intended as a children’s product.

The latest flavors include coconut milk and super fruits,  which a spokesman says are geared to appeal to more adult tastes. The pouches might work as an on-the-go meal or healthy snack, he says.

But experts say consumers still shouldn’t snack mindlessly. Although Buddy Fruits and competitors including GoGo Squeeze promise no artificial flavors and an all-fruit ingredient list, calorie counts for a pack can still top 100. A Buddy Fruits spokesman says the packs don’t have any sugar added, and often contain just 50 calories. (the new coconut milk line is 100 calories.)


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