Who else has a child just a bit over eating the same brekkie cereals? Oats and Weet-Bix are really the only two that get my stamp of approval (especially after they discontinued the low-sugar Cheerios ) So I had a little look at the Arnold’s Farm Little Farmers Honey Granola specifically for kids- here’s what I think in today’s Chewsday Review.
🔹Whole Grain Rolled Oats (43%), Rice Puffs (Rice Flour, Sugar, Salt, Golden Syrup), Chicory Root Fibre, Honey (9%), Seeds (8%) (Linseed (4.3%), Sunflower Seeds), Raw Sugar, Canola Oil, Burnt Sugar, Antioxidant (Vitamin E).
🔹Common allergens include: gluten. There’s a list of may contain too: Lupin, Milk, Peanuts, Sesame Seeds, Soy and Tree Nuts
🔹Low saturated fat content, well within healthy guidelines.
🔹High fibre content of 4.2g per serve. This is significantly more than many other ‘kid’ cereals. One 30g serve would meet about 30% of a toddler's fibre requirements and 23% of an older child's requirements.
🔹Reasonably low sodium (salt) content at 125mg/100g. This is lower than lots of breakfast cereals (for example cornflakes is high at 485mg/100g.
🔹The sugar content technically scrapes into my guidelines at 14.6g/100g but it’s all from added sugars (as opposed to some cereal that have sugar occurring naturally in fruit). It’s not ‘high’ compared to Freedom Foods XO Crunch (22.2g/100g) or Coco Pops (36.5g/100g). A serve of this (which is only a very small amount anyway) would give you 1.5 tsp of added sugar. Compared to some other cereals this is a positive, but it wouldn’t cut it for me as an everyday cereal.
🔹There’s no added iron in this cereal, which is why I recommend cereals like Weet-Bix. Iron is a tricky nutrient for lots of kids to get enough of, so fortified cereals do help.
🔹The ingredient list includes five different source to make up the 14.6%: Sugar, Golden Syrup, Honey, Raw Sugar, Burnt Sugar. It’s not in HUGE amounts, but it’s a negative for sure.
🔹”Good source of fibre“ Yep it is, and it’s even higher than Kids Weet-Bix!
🔹”No artificial colours and flavours” This is hardly a selling point, because even From Loops have no artificial colours and flavours.
🔹”4.5 health stars” Compared to Froot Loops it’s definitely one of the better choices on the market, but that doesn’t make it an everyday food.
🔹Good fibre and mostly allergy-friendly content, but moderate sugar content and no iron. These have a similar sugar content to Cheerios, less salt and more fibre but Cheerios have added iron.
🔹I'd prefer Weet-Bix (kids or regular) or oats. If you’re buying it as a special ‘on holidays’ cereal then it’s a much better option than most others. You could also use this cereal mixed with oats or crumbled weet-bix for variety, or as part of a trail mix snack.
ps. I struggled with emojis- the blood droplet symbolises there isn’t enough iron in this product for my liking haha
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