Fruit toasts are a great snack and can be a way to introduce new flavours if your child is growing tired of regular bread. There are a few brands to choose from for your fruit toast, and here student dietitian Gabrielle Beech looks at the Tip Top Raisin toast. You’ll get 12 slices for your $4.
🔶The positives: 🔹No added sugar! The sugar content in this bread is much higher than plain breads because of the natural sugars in the dried fruit but without any added sugar. This is nothing to worry about. Some brands (e.g. Mighty soft) do add sugar into their fruit loafs for extra sweetness so look out for added sugars in the ingredients list just in case. Here, we are all good! 🔹$4, which equals about 30c per slice. This is much cheaper than the Baker’s Delight no added sugar fruit loaf which works out to 50c a slice. 🔹Low fat and saturated fat content, which is expected from bread.
🔹Reasonably high protein content. You’ll get 6.7g from 2 slices. Toddlers need 14g per day so this provides almost half their daily requirements and 4-8yr old’s need 20g per day so this provides a third of their protein requirements. Despite parent worries, most Aussie kids meet their protein requirement easily, so it’s not the biggest take away here.
🔶The negatives: 🔹The salt content (290mg per 100g) which puts it at the higher end of the spectrum of the healthy guidelines BUT on the lower end of the typical sodium levels in bread. 🔹I’d expect a higher fibre content than just 2.7g per serve (2 slices). Toddlers need 14g a day! So, 2 serves of this bread will provide your bub with about 19% of that. Regular wheat flour has been used here, which is also known as refined or white flour. This means that part of the grain has been processed out, and out with it goes the fibre. Tip Top also have a wholemeal raisin toast, which has double the fibre content and it’s the same price! So, grab that one if you can. 🔹Some breads do add minerals like Iron and Zinc but that isn’t the case here.
🔹‘no added sugar’- yep, confirmed! 🔹‘no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives’- yep! There are added emulsifiers but those are for binding of the ingredients. 🔹‘source of fibre’- correct but with conditions! Yes, it has fibre, but comparing to other breads on the market, this one ranks fairly low. 🔹3.5 out of 5 health star rating. Although this system is not perfect, the rating here seems appropriate.
🔶Alternatives 🔹Overall, this is a pretty decent option for a fruit bread because of the no added sugar! But if your child doesn’t mind the texture of wholemeal or wholegrain breads, grab the Tip Top wholemeal raisin toast for more fibre as it won’t cost you anymore!
🔹If you shop at Baker’s Delight, the Chia No Added Sugar fruit Bread is also a great option. 🔹As a general guide, aim for breads that have a fibre content of at least 6g per 100g, less than 400mg of Sodium per 100g and no added sugar.
Note: Although there is fruit in this bread, it is dried and does not generally count as your little one’s serve of fruit for the day! So, don’t forget to get some fresh fruit in if you can.
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