Chewsday Review- Little Bellies Animal Biscuits

Everyone wants an easy snack for babies and toddlers. Something to keep in the bag in case of emergency, something little kids will happily eat and something that isn’t filled with sugar or salt. Hmmm… that exists right….?! Today’s Chewsday Review features Little Bellies Animal Biscuits.

🔶Ingredients:

🔹Organic Wholegrain Wheat Flour (31%), Organic Wheat Flour, Organic Grape Juice Concentrate (27%), Organic Sustainable Palm Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate).

🔹Organic Grape Juice Concentrate (27%) comes from fruit, but with all the good bits removed, so it’s still just another type of sugar (no better or worse than regular sugar).

🔹All of the ingredients are organic. Remember that organic doesn’t mean healthier or more nutritious.

🔹Common allergens include: Gluten. May be present: Egg, Milk, Soy, Tree nuts.

🔶The positives:

🔹Sodium (salt) content is within healthy guidelines at 320mg/100g but that is on the higher end of the scale for sweet biscuits. As a comparison, milk arrowroots have less at 274mg.

🔹The fibre content is reasonable at 5.1g/100g thanks to the wholegrain wheat flour. A serving of these biscuits is only 15g though so it works out to 5% of a toddler’s daily fibre requirements.

🔶The negatives:

🔹Sugar content exceeds general healthy guidelines at 19.5g/100g. This would be slightly lower than most sweet biscuits (for example Milk Arrowroot have 22g/100g of sugar).

🔹The fat content is just above healthy guidelines (13.9g/100g) but I’m not particularly bothered about this for young children. The saturated fat content is higher than I’d like at 4.4g/100g, which comes from the palm oil.

🔹There’s nothing particularly nutritious about these biscuits. They’re just a filler food.

🔹The texture is quite firm and requires reasonable biting and chewing skills, so not appropriate for young bubs (like some of the more ‘bite and dissolve style crackers). The packet recommends for children older than 12 months.

🔹At $4.50 for a packet of biscuits that weighs 130g, these are NOT cheap. That’s $35/kg.

🔶The marketing:

🔹”Wholegrain bites for wild explorers” Ummm sure.

🔹”We’ve used grape juice concentrate, not cane sugar, to give just a touch of sweetness and to make these perfectly crispy and crunchy – just as biscuits should be” I say potato, you say potardo.

🔶The alternatives:

🔹Nutritionally these cookies don’t offer much, but they’re also not the worst of products marketed at kids. I wouldn’t buy these because they’re ridiculously expensive for some oil and flour mixed together. I’d say just make your own if you want biscuits (try my chickpea cookies if you haven’t already), or pack rice cakes in your bag instead.

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About Mealtime Building Blocks

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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