Why Does Holiday Fruitcake Get A Bad Rap?
Word has it that fruitcake’s unfair reputation stems from an old joke on The Johnny Carson Show. While it’s true that some store-bought versions of this Christmas staple may be high in fat and calories, the good news is that there are plenty of ways to prepare your own fresh fruitcake. You can add color to your holiday meals while contributing to your daily requirements of fiber, iron, protein, healthy fats and other nutrients.
For example, all-purpose white flour can be combined with whole-wheat flour for added fiber, and molasses can replace sugar for an iron boost. Reduce sugar even further by substituting dried apricots, cherries and pineapple for candied fruits; replace whole eggs with egg whites to reduce cholesterol and fat. So, when faced with a table laden with cakes, cookies and candies this holiday season, a homemade, healthy fruitcake just may be your best choice.