There’s a new baby puff on the market called NutriPuffs. Obviously nutritious puffs right? Let’s see in today’s Chewsday review…
🔶Ingredients: Rice flour (41%), wheat flour (30%), corn starch, vegetable oil, banana (2.9%), strawberry (2.2%), Mineral (calcium), Vitamin (B1), Antioxidant (ascorbyl palmitate)
🔹Ascorbyl palmitate is Vitamin C
🔹Common allergens: Wheat, may contain soy
🔹Low sugar content (4g/100g), and apart from the fruit, there’s no added sugar.
🔹Low sodium content, which I’d expect.
🔹Total fat content is just within recommendations at 10g/100g, and this contributes to the melt-able texture.
🔹The melt-able texture is useful for babies who are learning to bite and chew, but the 1yr+ recommendation on the packet suggests it’s for older children who should already be able to chew. These might have more use in feeding therapy clinics for kiddos who have had difficulty with feeding as young bubs.
🔹The type of vegetable oil isn’t disclosed, and given the high saturated fat content (4g/100g) I’d be guessing it’s from palm oil. The problem with palm oil (apart from the whole deforestation issue!) is it’s a cheap oil with high saturated fat and little goodness.
🔹No mention of fibre content.
🔹A serving of these puffs is 7g. That’s tiny, and means that your baby isn’t really getting much of anything (nutritious or not) from these puffs. One serving works out to 3% of a toddler’s daily energy requirements. It’s a bit like eating air.
🔹These puffs work out to $90 a kilo. I kid you not.
🔹“Tasty, melt in the mouth texture and easy for little hands to pick up” True, but so what?!
🔹“A fun toddler snack specially designed for little hands to explore self-feeding.” Specific toddler snacks are a marketing ploy. If you want your toddler to practice self-feeding then give them whole foods like peas, corn kernels or sultanas to pick up.
🔹These aren’t a poor nutritional choice as such, but I don’t really see a lot of benefit in this food. They won’t fill your child up at snack time, and if anything, the just contribute to mindless snacking throughout the day. I understand the need to distract your little one at times, but using food like this regularly often backfires, because kids get used to having something to eat whenever you go the the shops/get in the car/go to the park. It’s just not necessary and sets them up to graze all day long. Perhaps these are useful in emergency situations, but I wouldn’t recommend them as an everyday food.
🔹The price is my other main issue with this food, so if you wanted a dissolvable cracker then I think you’d be better choosing something like a cruskit. At least you can add a nutritious spread to something like that.
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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. You can also email them.