The puffed baby snack section in the supermarket is exploding with new options. Today’s Chewsday Review features Little Bellies Organic Beetroot & Carrot Oatcakes. Are they worth your money?
🔹Organic Wholegrain Oats (47%), Organic Wheat Flour, Organic Sustainable Palm Oil, Organic Beetroot Powder (8%), Organic Carrot Powder (4%), Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate).
🔹The vegetable powders are made from dehydrated, ground beetroot and carrot.
🔹All the ingredients are certified organic (but remember this tells us about how the ingredients are grown, not the nutrient content)
🔹Common allergens: Gluten. May contain traces of milk, peanuts and tree nuts.
🔹The sodium content is 129mg/100g which is technically on the low side, although it is double many other baby puffed snacks. Given the small serving, one packet will provide 13% of a baby’s daily salt limit.
🔹The oatcakes are based on whole food ingredients (albeit mostly in powder form!) I also like that this is a chance from the typical puffed rice snacks.
🔹Low sugar content and none coming from added sugars.
🔹Reasonable fibre content at 1.5g per serve.
🔹$56 per kilo. These 'baby' products are so expensive for what they are.
🔹The oil used to bake these is palm oil, which is 50% saturated fat. Sure it’s a sustainable oil (so the chimpanzees are ok) but it’s not a good oil choice from a nutritional point of view.
🔹Saturated fat content (from the palm oil) is triple the healthy guidelines at 8.7g/100g
🔹1 serving of these oatcakes weighs only 20g. Not what I'd consider to be a particularly filling snack. Each serving contain about 1tbsp oats, a sprinkle of flour, a slurp of oil and a dusting of veggie powder.
🔹”No added sugar” Yep correct.
🔹”Organic Baby Grade” This is a whole lot of fluff and gushy marketing: ‘Not just organic, it’s our extra commitment to you that all our organic ingredients, recipes and suppliers have been specially screened and selected to ensure they are appropriate and safe for growing little bellies.’ 🤢 Not just organic, please.🙄
🔹”Baked not fried” Except they’re baked in palm oil- it’s not a healthier option!
🔹Essentially, this baby snack food is a filler food- but without being particularly filling! There’s nothing hugely wrong with this product (though I’m not a fan of the palm oil) but there’s nothing great either.
🔹I’d use these to offer your baby if everyone else was eating chips/twisties/soft cheese and there was nothing else suitable for them to eat at the same time.
🔹I wouldn’t recommend offering these to your baby as a regular snack, because it’s just not worth the money. I’d also be careful using these as a distraction in the car or at the shops (as tempting as that is!) because mindless eating never helps anyone.
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