Chewsday Review- Vita Brits
Throwing it back to brekkie this week to find out if there really is any difference between Vita Brits and Weet-Bix! Is one a better option for your little one than the other? You know what to do, check out the Chewsday Review to find out.
🔸 Wholegrain wheat (99%), salt blend (salt, mineral sea salts)
🔸 Very simple ingredient list, love that!
🔹 The positives:
🔸 With no added sugar these are obviously very low in sugar at 0.4g per 100g! This is less than Weet-Bix Little Kids Essentials (2.9g/100g) and regular Weet-Bix (3.3g/100g), which both have a small amount of sugar added (but are still within the healthy guidelines too).
🔸 Low fat and saturated fat content, well within the healthy guidelines.
🔸 An excellent source of fibre with 4.2g per serve! This provides roughly 25% of your little ones recommended daily fibre intake. This is pretty much identical to Weet-Bix Little Kids Essentials and a little more than regular Weet-Bix (3.3g/serve).
🔸 This product has added salt (sodium) with 395mg/100g, that just makes the cut off to stay within the healthy guidelines. The salt content is higher than regular Weet-Bix (270mg/100) and much higher than Weet-Bix Little Kids Essentials that has just 12mg/100g.
🔹 The negatives:
🔸 This cereal has no added vitamins or minerals, which we often see with breakfast cereals. I particularly like that Weet-Bix has added iron, as getting enough iron is a priority with babies and young children, particularly among fussy eaters!
🔹 The marketing:
🔸 “NO ADDED SUGAR” this is true, and a huge plus with this cereal!
🔸 “99% wholegrains” also true, also great!
🔸 “Simple Natural Goodness” it’s these kind of buzzwords that are a bit of a reg flag as they don’t tell us much about nutrition, but in this case it actually is a decent product so I’ll pay it!
🔹 The alternatives:
🔸 Vita Brits don’t have added iron like regular Weet-Bix and Weet-Bix Little Kids Essentials, so if this is a staple breakfast for your little one or they don’t enjoy other iron rich foods this may be a very important difference!
🔸 Otherwise, Vita Brits are super similar nutritionally (and price wise) to regular Weet-Bix. Both are considered low salt, low sugar, and high fibre options, which is exactly what you want in a breakfast cereal!
🔸 I would still recommend opting for the Weet-Bix Little Kids Essentials for bubs under 12 months because of the lower salt, though they do come at a slightly higher price than Vita Brits and regular Weet-Bix. You can check out the Chewsday Review I did on these a couple of weeks ago here: https://www.mealtimes.com.au/single-post/chewsday-review-weet-bix-little-kids-essentials. When we are less worried about salt you can move to regular Weet-Bix or Vita Brits, whichever you prefer!
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