Up&Go Liquid Breakfast. Is it equivalent to two weet-bix and milk? Or is it a glorified thick shake?. Today’s Chewsday review dishes the dirt…
🔶Ingredients: Filtered water, skim milk powder, maltodextrin (wheat, corn), cane sugar, vegetable fibre, soy protein, vegetable oils (sunflower, canola), fructose, cocoa, oat flour, mineral (calcium), acidity regulator (332), flavour, vegetable gums (460, 466, 407), stabiliser (452), salt, vitamins (C, niacin, A, B12, B6, B2, B1, folate).
🔹Interesting that the straw seems to obscure the ingredients list… I had to search to find a pack that was easy to read.
🔹Acidity regulator (332) is potassium citrate and isn’t a problem. Vegetable gums (460, 466, 407) are there to keep the product from splitting and are all well-accepted. Stabiliser 452 may cause some issues for people with kidney stones but is otherwise well-tolerated.
🔹Common allergens: soy, wheat, milk
🔹Low sodium content, which I’d expect.
🔹Sugar content just sneaks in at 6.3g/100g (upper limit is 7.5g/100g in drinks) but about a third of this is from added sugar, which isn’t ideal (see below). There is naturally some sugar in milk (or skim milk powder) but cane sugar, maltodextrin and fructose have been added here. So half positive, half negative.
🔹Good fibre content. Works out to 4g per serve, and anything higher than 3g per serve is great!
🔹Total fat content and saturated fat content are good.
🔹Calcium content (300mg/serve) works out to 60% of a young child’s needs and 43% of a school child’s needs.
🔹Protein content is almost exactly the same as an equivalent amount of milk.
🔹The added sugar content isn’t ideal here, and it works out to be about 1tsp of added sugar in the tetra pack. Remember though that skim milk naturally has about 4-5g/100g of naturally occurring sugar (mostly lactose), which isn’t a concern at all.
🔹Drinks don’t keep you full for as long as food does- so you have to remember that this may mean you have a hungry kiddo before it’s morning tea time.
🔹“4.5 health stars” This is technically correct- the nutritional profile is pretty reasonable.
🔹“With a low GI^, protein and fibre, you'll have the right type of energy to make the most of every moment that comes your way” To be fair, this product does deliver on that statement.
🔹I’m actually kind of surprised by the nutritional content of Up&Go. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some added sugar, which isn’t ideal in a breakfast food. But if your child was going to have Nutri-grain or Milo cereal then I’d say this was a better option.
🔹As always with breakfast, I’d recommend Weet-Bix or oats with milk as my two best options. I wouldn’t offer this to my young child, but it’s definitely not the worst option- especially if you’ve got a fussy eater or a child who needs to eat brekkie on the way to school! PS. I'd always recommend brekkie as a family meal where possible!
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