Chewsday Review- Sunbites Grainy Funbites

Last week I did a Facebook Live session over at Little Peeps Eats. I was talking about how I do my Chewsday Reviews, what criteria I use to review packaged products, and which products I recommend. You can read more about it here. Today’s Chewsday Review features one of the products I talked about in the video- Sunbites Grainy Funbites.

🔶Ingredients:

🔹Wholegrain cereals (66%) (corn, wheat, oats), sunflower oil, sugar, maltodextrin, whey powder, rice, salt, natural flavours, potassium chloride, yeast extract, onion powder, sour cream powder, food acids, herbs, paprika extract.

🔹Common allergens include: soy, milk, wheat/gluten

🔶The positives:

🔹Saturated fat content meets healthy guidelines.

🔹The sugar content meets guidelines, which I would expect with a savoury snack.

🔹The stars are a source of fibre, with 1.2g per pack. This meets almost 9% of a toddler’s fibre requirements and 7% of an older child’s fibre requirements.

🔹The puffed stars are a fun shape, they’ve got a nice crispy bite, and they dissolve away quickly after the first bite (this can be useful for kiddies who are working on getting better at biting and chewing).

🔶The negatives:

🔹The sodium content (454mg/100g) slightly exceeds healthy guidelines (less than 420mg/100g).

🔹The total fat content is double the healthy guideline. This is a negative, but given the low-ish saturated fat content, it’s not something I’m hugely concerned about.

🔶The marketing:

🔹“Crispy little stars of baked wholegrain goodness.” Remember that you can claim ‘wholegrain goodness’ if your product contains any wholegrain (think about the ‘goodness of hazelnuts’ in Nutella- you don’t even need one whole hazelnut to claim this!) In this case, the wholegrain makes up 66% of the product, which is reasonable for a snack food.

🔹“Snacks you can feel good about” Again, hard to quantify, but you certainly don’t have to feel bad about these (I also don’t think you should feel bad about ANY food- but that’s a blog post for another day.)

🔶The alternatives:

🔹Remember, it’s pretty damn hard to find a perfect pre-packaged snack food (apart from fruit and veggies). This one is a bit higher in fat and sodium than I’d like, but not by much, and it’s got less fat, saturated fat and sodium than most snack packs of crisps. I’m not saying it’s an everyday food, but if you need a snack in a bag (or to keep in your bag), this is an ok option.

🔹I always recommend Rice or Corn Thins with less than 420mg of sodium as an alternative for foods like this.

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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