Chewsday Review- Cob's Popcorn Sea Salt

This food has been requested for a Chewsday Review about eleventy million times. And quite rightly- who doesn’t love popcorn? This is my favourite brand from a taste point of view, but let’s see how it stacks up nutritionally.

🔶Ingredients:

🔹Popcorn (80%), sunflower oil, sea salt

🔹Common allergens include: nil but may contain traces of milk due to shared equipment.

🔶The positives:

🔹Saturated fat within healthy guidelines.

🔹Great source of fibre with a 20g packet providing 15% of a pre-schoolers daily fibre requirements.

🔹Sodium (salt) content is within healthy guidelines at 360mg/100g (although this is nearing the upper limit of 420mg/100g). Given that each packet is only 20g, this really isn’t an issue.

🔹The sugar content of 0.9g/100g is well and truly within guidelines.

🔹At $4.50 for a 10 pack, they work out to 45c per serve (which is a fair bit cheaper than the Messy Monkeys or Quinoa puffs)! Bigger packs are cheaper still if you buy and split them yourself.

🔹They’re delicious.

🔶The negatives:

🔹Total fat is more than double the recommended guidelines at 24.6/100g. This is about two thirds of fat content of potato chips. The fat here is mainly monounsaturated fat (which is definitely a good fat) but it still exceeds recommendations.

🔹The texture of popcorn is quite firm and requires reasonable biting and chewing skills, so is not appropriate for young children. In fact, popcorn is a real choking risk for children. There are no definitive guidelines about this, but most authorities suggest waiting until a child is about 4 years of age before offering popcorn.

🔶The marketing:

🔹“Absolutely nothing artificial” Yeah, yeah, you and everyone else.

🔶The alternatives:

🔹Nutritionally Cob’s popcorn stands up pretty well in the Chewsday Review snack section. Good fibre content and reasonable salt content given it is a salted produced. As I said earlier, I’d be very careful with any popcorn because it is a definite choking risk.

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. You can also email them.

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