It's no secret that Sweet Tarts are anything but a health food. Still, you may be wondering how much damage you'll do to your otherwise healthy diet if you eat Sweet Tarts. If you can't resist their tangy flavor, you'll do best to eat them on special occasions, or limit yourself to one or two.
Eating Sweet Tarts, unless you choose to eat a great many of them on a regular basis, will not add very many calories to your diet. A serving of eight pieces of the candy will only set you back 50 calories. If you have a sweet tooth, but don't want to add even that many extra calories to your diet, you can eat one Sweet Tart for only six calories. Eat the entire package, though, and the calories will start to add up. A package of Sweet Tarts has 150 calories.
The calories in Sweet Tarts come from carbohydrates, specifically sugar, which is a simple carbohydrate. One package of Sweet Tarts contains 39 g of carbohydrates, all of which are from sugar. Sweet Tarts do not contain any protein or fiber. The good news is that they don't have any fat, either. They also are sodium-free and, as a food that is free of animal products, do not contain cholesterol.
Vitamins and Minerals
As Sweet Tarts are sugar that has been flavored, colored and shaped into delicious little disks, they contain only the vitamins and minerals that are found in sugar. Sugar does not come by its reputation as a source of empty calories for no reason -- it provides no vitamins and minerals. Unsurprisingly, Sweet Tarts do not contain vitamins and minerals, either. A peek at the package reveals a list of zeros for vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron.
If you have a weakness for Sweet Tarts, consider purchasing a bag of them during Halloween, when they are packaged in small packets of two or three. During the year, when you have a craving for your favorite sweet, you can grab one of the small packets and treat yourself without guilt, as you will be consuming fewer than 20 calories. Another strategy to limit your consumption of the empty calories Sweet Tarts provide is to only eat them on the weekends, rather than making them an everyday treat.
A diet that is high in refined carbohydrates, which is what Sweet Tarts consist of, can be detrimental to your health. Refined carbohydrates play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes, according to Dr. Lee Gross, in a study published in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition." Refined carbohydrates also contribute to obesity, according to Dr. Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt at New York State University.
- MyFitnessPal: Calories in Sweet Tarts Candy
- "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition"; Lee S. Gross, et. al.; 2004
- New York University: Langone Medical Center: Obesity