Back on the Annabel Karmel product reviews this week, by very popular demand! Today we're looking at the frozen baby purée range. As per my previous post, I'm not letting my AK fan girl get in the way of an honest Chewsday Review. Here's what I think of the lentil and vegetables frozen purée.
🔹Vegetables (61%) (potato, sweet potato, red onion, celery, red capsicum, carrot), water, tomatoes, apple juice, red lentils, olive oil, cheese, spice, herbs.
🔹Common allergens include: milk (cheese)
🔹All whole food ingredients. I like that this purée uses the foods you'd use at home.
🔹Fat, saturated fat and sugar within healthy guidelines.
🔹Very low sodium (salt) content.
🔹I like the frozen purée options over heat treated purées. It's more likely that many of the nutrients are retained with this form of processing, whilst still having a decent shelf life.
🔹These are EXPENSIVE. $6 for 9x 30g blocks of purée works out to $22/kg. That's a fair bit more than the sachet purées and much more than a homemade veggie purée. However, the smaller size means they might be easier to mix into other homemade foods, or more convenient/less wastage for bubs who are new to solids and don't need a lot. Depends on what you want I guess.
🔹Not a massive protein content, likely because there's not a lot of lentils in there (see the marketing below)
🔹The ingredient in the second highest concentration (after the vegetables) is water. This is probably important for the texture, but if you made a veggie purée at home with breastmilk or formula, you'd be getting more nutrition in your purée.
🔹I would also like to know how much apple juice is included in this purée. As you know from previous reviews, it can be hard to get veggie purées that aren't sweet.
🔹I have a couple of issues with the marketing. Firstly, the blurb describes a blend of vegetables including spinach- however, spinach isn't listed on the ingredients list. An oversight perhaps, but not good enough.
🔹Secondly, Australian food law dictates that all ingredients listed in the name of a product (e.g. Lentils and vegetables) need to be defined by the amount present in the ingredient list. The vegetables have been defined at 61%, but the lentils haven't. This should be clearly stated. Instead, no one knows how much of this product is actually lentils. Given that the ingredients are listed in descending order, and the lentils are listed after water and apple juice, I'm guessing it's very little!
🔹"No preservatives or thickeners" ✔️
🔹Homemade baby food is likely to be a more nutritious, and a much cheaper option. Plus, you can add the veggies of your choice and as many lentils as you like. However, for convenience, these are a reasonable option, and I still like them more than most of the sachet packs.
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