Chewsday review- Brownes Mini's Yoghurt

Can you believe it, another kid's yoghurt on the shelves! There must be serious money to be made from squeezie pouch yoghurts, and Brownes have decided to get in on the action. As a born and bred WA dairy company, I was seriously hoping I could give their Brownes Mini's Strawberry yoghurt a good review.

 

🔶Ingredients: 

🔹Milk, cream, milk solids, strawberry base, sugar, water, rice starch, fruit and vegetable concentrate, natural flavours, lemon juice concentrate, milk minerals, live cultures. 

🔹It's unclear what the 'strawberry base' is, but the apparently it's made up of 3% strawberries, which means overall there is only a minuscule amount of actual strawberries in the yoghurt. 

 

🔶The positives: 

🔹Contains live cultures, which are living micro organisms that are good for gut health. They're sometimes also called probiotics.

🔹One of the lowest sugar contents per 100g for kids yoghurts (comparable with our gold star winner CalciYum)

🔹Fat and saturated fat is well within healthy guidelines, although sitting at the higher end of the kid's yogurts. 

🔹Calcium content is in the top 6 of yoghurts in the kids section, at 181mg/100g. This is a bit lower than Petit Miam and CalciYum, but given the bigger packet- actually provides more total calcium (217mg per serve). 

 

🔶The negatives:

🔹The old squeezie pouch is growing in popularity. Remember that regularly sucking from a pouch does not help kids to develop good biting and chewing skills. This might impact on their ability to manage harder and chewier foods like meat. 

🔹At $1.65 it's not the cheapest per pouch, but somewhere in the middle of the range. 

🔹There's hardly any strawberry in the yoghurt, so don't buy it for the fruit component!

 

🔶The marketing:

🔹'Less than 1 teaspoon of added sugar per pouch' and actually this is much lower than many other kids yoghurts 🏼

🔹'Real fruit pieces' except that there's hardly any fruit in this yoghurt. 

🔹'Gluten and gelatine free' Brownes use rice starch to give the glossy texture instead. 

🔹'Made from fresh WA milk' I think this is a really great thing!

 

🔶The alternatives:

🔹This is a pretty good choice overall! If you give this to your kids regularly, consider using a bowl and spoon where possible, rather than getting gem to suck it straight from the pouch. 

🔹The Brownes Mini's Traditional Yoghurt (the plain vanilla version of this yoghurt) also looks like an even better option at first glance- but that's a review for another day!

🔹If you prefer other brands, aim for less than 12g of sugar per 100g and more than 200mg of calcium per serve. 

 

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.

You can also email her.

 

 

 

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