Today's Chewsday Review was submitted by a teacher, who wanted to know if these lunch box snacks were any good. Introducing Organix Carrot Stix. They sound healthy, but are they really?
🔹Corn (68%), sunflower oil (13%), carrot powder (12%), potato powder (6%), onion powder (less than 1%), dried coriander leaf (less than 1%), thiamin (less than 1%).
🔹Potato powder is basically the starchy component of potatoes that has been extracted and dried. Onion powder is dehydrated, ground onion. Carrot powder is less well-defined, but let's assume that it's made in a similar way to onion powder.
🔹The label states that this product contains soy and dairy. That's quite odd considering that nothing in the ingredients list suggest those allergens being present. On closer investigation Organix states that soy and dairy are not in the recipe, but are handled in the factory and pose some risk of being in the food product.
🔹Only 60mg of sodium per 100g, making it a low salt product! That's quite rare for a savoury 'stick' product.
🔹The stix are based on whole food ingredients (albeit mostly in powder form!)
🔹Low sugar content.
🔹$133 per kilo. These 'baby' products are so expensive for what they are.
🔹Total fat content is above healthy guidelines at 14.9g/100g
🔹1 serving of these weighs only 15g. Not what I'd consider to be a particularly filling snack.
🔹Organix has a 'no junk promise' meaning that they don't 'add anything unnecessary'. There are also several mentions of 'setting standards' but it's not particularly clear what this actually means.
🔹'Always organic' but remember this doesn't necessarily equate to healthier!
🔹Added thiamin, which works out to 0.09mg per serve which meets 18% of a toddler's daily requirements. A slice of bread (also fortified with thiamin) provides almost 5 times as much thiamin.
🔹The carrot stix name is also a bit of a misnomer, given that this product contains less than 2g of carrot!
🔹It's puffed corn with a sprinkling of carrot powder. And you pay through the nose for it. Instead I'd recommend regular pieces of puffed corn, or corn cakes, or rice cakes.
About the author of this blog post:
Dr Kyla Smith is a paediatric dietitian specialising in fussy eating, feeding difficulties and childhood nutrition. She has a private practice called Mealtime Building Blocks in Perth, Western Australia. You can connect with Kyla on her website and her Facebook page or on her Instagram page.