Chewsday Review- Uncle Toby's Quick Oats

So many requests for breakfast recommendations. I always like Weet-Bix and porridge- but how do quick sachets of porridge stack up? So without further ado, I present you with today's Chewsday Review featuring Uncle Toby's Multigrain Apple & Cinnamon Quick Oats.

🔶Ingredients:

🔹Wholegrains (77%), sugar, apple pieces (apple 5%, preservative 220), cinnamon 0.2%)

🔹The 77% wholegrains are made up of rolled oats (67%), rolled rye (5%) and rolled wheat (5%).

🔹Preservative 220 is sulphur dioxide, and commonly used in dried fruit. Some kids with asthma can react to 220, but it's not dangerous for those who don't have any reaction.

🔹Nutritionally, quick oats and rolled oats are exactly the same. The only difference is that quick oats have been rolled and chopped to a finer texture to ensure they cook more quickly. This doesn't change the nutritional content, but does mean they have a slightly higher glycaemic index as compared to regular oats (basically they're more quickly digested and may not keep kids full for quite as long).

🔹Common allergens include: gluten

🔶The positives:

🔹Low fat and saturated fat content.

🔹Very low sodium (salt) content for a breakfast cereal.

🔹A source of fibre (2.7g) per serve, but not as much as Weet-Bix or even Multigrain Rice Bubbles. The amount in one packet meets 19% of daily fibre requirements for toddlers and 15% of daily fibre requirements for older children.

🔹Very convenient- ready in 90 seconds.

🔶The negatives:

🔹Sugar content that exceeds healthy guidelines (21.6g per 100g). Some of this is coming from the dried apple pieces, but according to my super sleuthing, 17.8% of this product is added sugar. You can work this out from the percentage of ingredients listed above. This means that they have 18x more sugar than regular rolled oats cooked in milk.

🔹These are significantly more expensive than regular oats. The cost per serving is 54.9c for the quick oats, compared to 5.5c for the rolled oats. That's almost 10 times the price for convenience!

🔶The marketing:

🔹No artificial colours of flavours" ✔️

🔹"Source of fibre" This is a regulated claim, so products with more than 2g/serve can advertise a 'source' of fibre but can't say a 'good source' or an 'excellent source'. Nice to see a food company adhering to labelling law 😝

🔶The alternatives:

🔹These are a relatively nutritious choice, but contain more than the recommended amount of sugar for a breakfast cereal.

🔹I would suggest choosing a classic quick oat option without the flavouring, one of the new 'Nature's Mix' variety that contains no added sugar, or cooking your own rolled oats.

🔹Adding your own fruit would sweeten the porridge as well as increasing the fibre and even if you added your own honey/sugar, a teaspoon per serve would be less than in these sachets.

About Mealtime Building Blocks

Dr Kyla Smith is a paediatric dietitian specialising in fussy eating, feeding difficulties and childhood nutrition. Lauren Pike is an occupational therapist working in fussy eating and feeding difficulties. They have a private practice called Mealtime Building Blocks in Perth, Western Australia. You can connect with Kyla and Lauren on their website and sign up for their newsletter, and the Facebook page or on the Instagram page.

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