The baby food aisle contains so many products 'designed' for babies and toddlers. But are these products actually necessary, or even worthwhile? Today I recap a review of Kiddylicious Raspberry Crispie Tiddlers (seriously- who comes up with these names?!)
🔹Apple (juice concentrate and purée concentrate) 87%, puffed rice, pectin (gelling agent), citrus fibre, raspberry juice concentrate (1.5%), sunflower oil, natural colour (carrot juice concentrate), natural raspberry flavouring (
🔹No added sugar (as in table sugar). But this is actually quite misleading (see the negatives below!)
🔹Almost 5% fibre (although it only works out to 0.5g per serve. Kids aged 1-3years need 14g of fibre per day so this only meets 3.5% of daily requirements)
🔹Suitable for most allergies (no gluten, milk, nuts or egg)
🔹So, this product is mainly fruit juice concentrate. That's basically fruit juice with the water removed. Juice is fruit with the pulp and fibre removed. So essentially this product is fruit but with all the good stuff removed, and only the sugar left.
🔹This product is more than 50% sugar (even though it all comes from the juice concentrate). It contains more than a teaspoon of sugar per packet (and a packet only weighs 12g!). This well and truly exceeds the recommendations of less than 15% sugar in packaged food.
🔹This product works out to be $150 per kilo (compare that to the cost of fresh raspberries- which are usually considered very expensive!)
🔹This product claims to have "a portion of fruit in every packet". This is EXTREMELY misleading! This product does not contain the equivalent to one serve of fruit, nor the fibre in one serve of fruit.
🔹"A perfect fruity snack". I really don't agree!
🔹No added salt. Well true, but I wouldn't expect to see salt in a sweet fruit based product anyway!
🔶Alternatives: (cheaper and more fibre)
🔹This product is not worth spending your money on. Instead, consider the options below.
🔹A spoonful of sultanas or raisins
🔹A handful of raspberries or other berries
🔹A piece of fruit blended and frozen into an icy pole
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.