Some awesome requests coming in for Chewsday Reviews. Today I'm back in the baby aisle to review Only Organic Teething Rusks. These are the particularly hard, long rusks (as opposed to the dissolvable options out there). I've had a few followers attempt to make homemade versions of these (often dairy or gluten free) with limited success. So, if you have a good recipe- feel free to share!
🔹Wheat flour, skim milk powder, wheat germ, yeast, salt, iron
🔹The flour and the milk powder are organic. Remember that this doesn't mean any more nutritious than non-organic.
🔹Wheat germ is part of the wheat whole-grain and provides a natural source of fat, vitamins and minerals.
🔹Common allergens include: gluten/wheat and milk
🔹Fat, saturated fat, sugar and sodium (salt) content within healthy guidelines. No added sugar either.
🔹Source of iron. One rusk provides 15% of recommended intake of 6-12 month olds and 18% of recommended iron intake for 1-3 year olds.
🔹27c per rusk, which seems reasonable value.
🔹The rusk holds its shape well, even after lots of gumming. It's a great food for babies to learn self feeding skills.
🔹The sodium (salt) content is 330mg/100g, which is heading up towards the guideline of less than 400mg/100g. But, given each risk is only 8g, this works out to minimal total sodium.
🔹Apart from the iron, these rusks don't provide any real nutrition. But, they also don't exceed any nutritional guidelines and are useful for teaching self-feeding skills. So not a true negative.
🔹Another labelling error. The product claims to contain 18% of a 6-12 month olds iron requirements, despite only providing 15% (1.6mg of 11mg). The package also states it provides 25% of a toddler's iron requirements despite only providing 18%. Seriously, I could spend my whole life chasing food companies about their labelling errors (and still no word back from Heinz regarding those huge marketing errors on their toddler meals 🙄)
🔹"No artificial colours or flavours." True, and I like that these aren't sweetened or flavoured.
🔹There's a super handy teething chart on the side of the pack, which gives a guide to which teeth come through and when to expect them. I thought that was kind of cool!
🔹I think this is a good option for a rusk, and can be useful to teach bub self-feeding skills. I don't think it's a necessary toddler food.
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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