Chewsday Review- Chobani Yoghurt with Ancient Grains

Another yoghurt in a squeezie pouch, but this time it's Chobani Greek Yoghurt with added steel cut oats and ancient grains. It's a superfood, surely?! Well, let's see...

🔶Ingredients:

🔹Low fat yoghurt (69%) made up of skim milk and live cultures, water, sugar, peach purée (10%), oats (10%), mango purée (5%), quinoa (1.5%), buckwheat (1.5%), chia (1.5%), oat fibre, lemon juice concentrate, vegetable gums, natural flavour, acidity regulator (calcium lactate).

🔹Steel cut oats are the inner kernel of whole oats and take longer to cook than regular rolled oats. There's been some talk of them being healthier than rolled oats due to a slightly lower glycemic index, but in reality, the difference in nutrient content is pretty much negligible.

🔹Common allergens include: milk, gluten

🔶The positives:

🔹Low saturated fat content, well within healthy guidelines.

🔹High protein content (almost double some other yoghurts), making it a filling snack. But, remember that most Australian kiddies get way more protein than they actually need.

🔹Sugar content is within healthy guidelines (9.7g/100g). This is slightly higher than my favourite Calci-Yum.

🔹Low sodium content, as with most yoghurts.

🔹2.1g of fibre in every sachet, meeting 15% of toddlers fibre needs and 12% of preschoolers needs. Some of this comes from the grains, and some from the added oat fibre.

🔹Contains live cultures, for tummy health.

🔶The negatives:

🔹The calcium content of this yoghurt is LOW, particularly when compared to some of the better kiddie yoghurts. This provides 60% LESS calcium than CalciYum. That's a big difference.

🔶The marketing:

🔹The steel cut oats make up 14g of this product. I would suggest it's a way to bulk out the yoghurt with a cheaper ingredient! Oats are delicious and nutritious, but I'm not sure why they're in this yoghurt.

🔹The addition of the ancient grains is for marketing purposes only. Seriously, 2g of quinoa, 2g of buckwheat? It's literally a sprinkle, just so they can say it includes ancient grains.

🔹Less than 1% fat. Chobani pride themselves on their low or no fat yoghurt and the fact that it's still thick and creamy. They strain the yoghurt, and it takes about 3 cups of milk to make 1 cup of yogurt. This is all true.

🔹No preservatives, artificial colours or flavours. Yes, yes and yes.

🔶The alternatives:

🔹This is a great product overall, but as a yoghurt it contains too little calcium for me. I'd prefer to give kids a yoghurt with more than 200mg of calcium per 100g and less than 12g of sugar per 100g.

About Mealtime Building Blocks

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 sign up for her newsletter, and her Facebook page or on her Instagram page.

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