Chewsday Review- Aldi Wheat Biscuits

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! ❤️❤️❤️Today's Chewsday Review comes to you from the Aldi shelves, and features a product called GoldeVale Wheat Biscuits. Essentially, they're an Aldi version of Weet-Bix. So, how do they rate against Australia's favourite cereal?

🔶Ingredients:

🔹wholegrain wheat (97%), sugar, salt, barley malt extract, vitamins B1, B2 and B3.

🔹barley malt extract is a sweetener, made from sprouted grains. Essentially it's another form of sugar. This is also used in Weet-Bix.

🔹Common allergens include: wheat and barley

🔶The positives:

🔹Low sugar content at only 2.8g per 100g. This is slightly lower than Weet-Bix for Kids (2.9g/100g) and regular Weet-Bix (3.3g/100g).

🔹Low fat and saturated fat content, well within healthy guidelines and almost exactly the same as regular Weet-Bix.

🔹Reasonable sodium content of 250mg/100g making it comparable to regular Weet-Bix (270mg/100g). However, this is a lot more than Weet-Bix for Kids (45mg/100g).

🔹An great source of fibre at 3.1g per serve, which is slightly less than both regular Weet-Bix and Weet-Bix for Kids (3.3g/100g) . Anything above 3 grams per serve is a high fibre food.

🔹Very reasonably priced at 29c per 100g, which is comparable to Weet-Bix (33c per 100g for the big pack). Weet-Bix for Kids only comes in the small packet at the moment, making it more expensive (88c per 100g)

🔶The negatives:

🔹This cereal is NOT iron-fortified, like Weet-Bix for Kids and regular Weet-Bix. This means that extra iron has not been added to the product during processing. If your child eats a wide variety of iron rich foods (beef, lamb, egg, chicken, nuts, beans) then this isn't a big problem. If you've got a fussier eater, then iron might be more important to you. Iron is an important nutrient for growth and brain development in kids and bout 8% of Australian children up to the age of 4 are thought to be iron deficient.

🔹Nothing else!

🔶The marketing:

🔹5 Health stars. Well-deserved.

🔹Source of fibre ✔️

🔹Good source of vitamins Thiamin, Niacin and Riboflavin ✔️

🔹Low sugar ✔️

🔶The alternatives:

🔹This is a great product, but I'd love it more for my clients if it was iron-fortified. In every other way it's almost exactly the same as regular Weet-Bix. I think Weet-Bix for Kids is a better choice overall though.

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