Chewsday Review- Mundella Greek Natural Yoghurt

To finish off yoghurt month I’m reviewing the tub of yoghurt currently in my fridge. I’m probably not going to review too many more yoghurts for a while (there’s so many other reviews waiting patiently) so if you don’t buy this one yourself- just compare the ingredients and the nutrition panel to the recommendations at the bottom of the article. If you’re close-ish then keep buying it!

So, here’s our Chewsday Review for Mundella Greek Natural yoghurt (in a family tub!)

🔶Ingredients:

🔹Whole milk, cream, skim milk powder, live yoghurt cultures.

🔹You'll notice that sugar is not listed as an ingredient, which means that no sugar was added to the yoghurt during production. This is a great thing. However, there will still be some sugars present in the final product, due to those that occur naturally in milk. This is NOT a bad thing!

🔹Common allergens include: milk

🔶The positives:

🔹No added sugar which means that it easily meets sugar guidelines. In fact, this yoghurt has a lower sugar content than almost of all the kiddie yoghurts on the market, and the same as Tamar Valley Kids yoghurt. This 2/3 less than the most sugary yoghurt, and about half the sugar of most of the kiddie yoghurts. It certainly doesn't have the overly sweet taste of some of the yoghurts on the market.

🔹Live cultures for healthy tummies

🔹A source of some calcium with one pouch providing 37% of a toddler’s requirements and 27% of a child’s daily requirements.

🔹It comes in a tub which reduces single plastic use (unlike squeeze pouches) and has to be eaten with a spoon to encourages development of good mouth skills.

🔹Reasonable protein content to keep you full

🔶The negatives:

🔹This yoghurt has a reasonably high saturated fat (bad fat) content, putting it at 1.5 times the recommended level. This comes from the two ingredients in the greatest amount- whole milk and cream. It also has a reasonably high fat content overall. I certainly don't think that everything needs to be low fat, especially not for kids less than 2 years of age, but I am cautious about higher saturated fat levels. In this case my daughter is 19 months olds I buy the full fat product (she needs fat for growing). But after she turns 2 I will be swapping back to the Reduced Fat version of this yoghurt which has a saturated fat content within healthy guidelines.

🔶The marketing:

🔹”Billions of live cultures” Hard to quantify, but they must have some evidence to back that up.

🔹”Source of calcium” and a reasonable one at that.

🔹”No added preservatives” (as is the case for most yoghurts)

🔶The alternatives:

🔹This is a good option, although I’m conscious of the saturated fat content. Adults just don’t need more saturated fat in their diet and nor do most kids. However, there’s a lot to like about this yoghurt in general.

An alternative would be the reduced fat version of this- the Mundella Reduced Fat Natural Yoghurt. It’s still got some fat (1.8g/100g- I’m not a big fan of fat free) but less saturated fat (1.2g/100g) and more calcium (200mg/100g). This will be one of my yoghurts of choice when my daughter is a touch older.

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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