Chewsday Review- Kiddylicious Banana Fruity Puffs

Another week, another food for babies to practice their self-feeding. I tell you what, food companies are getting smart with their marketing and really getting on the Baby-Led Weaning bandwagon. Today's product is Kiddylicious Banana Fruity Puffs.

🔶Ingredients:

🔹Corn flour (75%), banana fruit powder (14%), sunflower oil, natural banana flavouring, iron, thiamin.

🔹Common allergens include: nil

🔶The positives:

🔹No added sugar. Total sugar is 13g per 100g which scrapes in under 15g as per healthy guidelines.

🔹No added salt, which means a sodium content of zero. I'm not sure I've seen any products with absolutely no sodium in any recent reviews!

🔹Saturated fat content within healthy guidelines at 1.3g/100g.

🔹No gluten, making them suitable for coeliac kiddies.

🔶The negatives:

🔹Fat content (11.3g/100g) is above healthy guideline recommendations of less than 10g per 100g.

🔹The taste. Ugh 😑 These look a bit like cheezels or cheese flavoured puffs, but deliver a very odd banana taste. Not what I was expecting at all. Most of the bubbies I work with don't seem to mind it though.

🔹No description of iron content, despite being iron fortified. I suspect this means there's very little iron actually in it!

🔹These puffs are $135/kilo. For puffed corn. Hmmm...

🔶The marketing:

🔹'For kiddies 7 months and older.' It has a definite bite and dissolve texture, which is useful for teaching biting and chewing skills.

🔹'Made with real fruit.' Except that's 14% banana powder, which works out to 1.4g of fruit in a whole packet of puffs. Suffice to say that this is negligible in the scheme of things, meeting only 1.2% of daily fruit requirements 😱

🔹'No added sugar or salt' ✔️ This is impressive.

🔹'Gluten, wheat, nut, sesame seed and egg free.' Good for kids with diagnosed allergies.

🔹'Grown ups love them too.' Hmmm I think is quite unlikely...

🔶The alternatives:

🔹Definitely not the worst nutritional option out there. But for the price, you might be better off with cruskits! Corn cruskits have a higher sodium content than recommended but less fat and sugar, but the light Cruskits are another option!

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.

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