Chewsday Review- Dairy Dream Kids No Added Sugar Yogurt

Today's Chewsday review features an Aldi yoghurt, because it seems lots of you shop at Aldi! When I went in to look at them, I also walked out with a range of other snack foods. Looks like I might pop in more regularly than Special Buy Wednesdays! This is the Dairy Dream Kids No Added Sugar Yogurt in Strawberry.


🔶Ingredients: 

🔹Milk, cream, Milk solids, Whole strawberry pulp (4.2%), rice starch, Natural Flavour, Lemon Pulp, Live Yogurt 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. I love that whole strawberries are used, rather than just juice or flavour. Remember, there will still be some sugars present in the final product, due to those that occur naturally in milk and in strawberries/apple. This is NOT a bad thing!

🔹Common allergens include: milk

🔶The positives: 

🔹The no added sugar means that it easily meets sugar guidelines. At 3.4g/100g, this is one of the lower sugar yoghurts on the market. This is the same as the Tamar Valley yoghurt pouches.

🔹A good source of calcium at 143mg/100g. One pouch (110g) provides 31% of calcium intake for young kids and 21% of calcium requirements for school aged children.

🔹Live cultures for healthy tummies.

🔶The negatives:

🔹This yoghurt has one of the highest saturated fat (bad fat) contents of all of the yoghurts I’ve looked at, putting it at 1.5 times the recommended level. This comes from the two ingredients in the greatest amount- whole milk and cream. I certainly don't think that everything needs to be low fat, especially not for kids, but I wouldn’t mark this level as a good thing. 

🔹I don’t like yogurt spelled without the ‘h’. Small issue though, and could possibly be taken as ‘nit-picking’. 

🔹Squeezie packs are convenient and less messy than spoons BUT they really don't help children to develop biting and chewing skills that they need for other foods. They also don’t let children experience the smell or visual component of foods and they contribute to plastic waste. I’d prefer to have the option to scoop this yoghurt out of a bigger tub. From what I can see on the Aldi website (not easy!) it looks like there are small tubs of them!

🔶The marketing:

🔹”All Natural” This seems to be an interesting thing to put on the front of the pack, but ‘natural’ is definitely a buzz word at the moment. Remember, natural doesn’t always mean better. Arsenic is natural too.

🔹”No added sugar” Yep, but it does have added fruit so will be sweeter than a traditional plain or Greek yoghurt.

🔶The alternatives: 

🔹This is a reasonable option for a squeezie yoghurt, but remember that you don’t have to buy ‘kid’ yoghurt for your kids! A scoop out of the family tub of plain or natural yoghurt is much better. However, I know that these can be super convenient, particularly when out and about.

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Dr Kyla Smith and Liz Beaton are paediatric dietitians 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, Liz and Lauren here www.mealtimes.com.au

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