Noshu Snackles bar
Today’s Chewsday Review features the Noshu Snackles bar. These bars are 97% sugar free! But, you know what they say, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is…is that the case here?
🔸 Puffed Rice (22%) [Rice, Sucrose, Salt, Emulsifier], Non-Dairy Choc Compound (20%) (see below), Soluble Corn Fibre, Chicory Root Fibre, Coconut Oil Powder (Coconut Oil, Maltodextrin, Pea Protein), Vegetable Glycerine, Natural Flavour.
🔸 The choc compound includes: Vegetable Fat, Non-GMO Erythritol (a sugar free sweetener), Cocoa Powder, Polydextrose, Maltodextrin, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Steviol Glycosides (Stevia – also a sugar free sweetener)
🔸 Allergens: Soy
🔸 May contain: Gluten, Lupin, Milk, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Egg and Sesame.
🔹 The positives:
🔸 Very low in sugar, especially for a muesli bar with only 0.5g per bar. These bars will still taste sweet due to the addition of the chemical sweeteners (Erythritol and Stevia). Even though it isn’t sugar, and these compounds are naturally occurring in some foods, consistent exposure to super sweet flavours isn’t ideal for little ones. You may also find these ingredients can cause an upset tummy for some.
🔸 Excellent fibre content at 5.4g/serve, which is higher than most other muesli bars on the market. This high fibre content is due to the addition of Soluble Corn Fibre. I would prefer if it was coming from wholegrains, like oats.
🔸 Nut and wheat free, so they’re lunchbox safe and suitable for wheat allergy or coeliac (may contain gluten)
🔹 The negatives:
🔸 Very high overall fat content, actually doubling the healthy guidelines- yikes! Majority of the fat content is also saturated fat (the un-healthy kind). If this was coming from nuts and seeds that provide healthier unsaturated fats, I wouldn’t be so concerned.
🔸 The sodium (salt) content is 130mg/100g, which is within healthy guidelines, however this is on the high side for a sweet snack product, with many muesli bars having much less.
🔸 Very expensive! These bars will set you back approximately $1.20 per bar (22g).
🔹 The marketing:
🔸 “all love, no sugar” “97% sugar free” “natural sweeteners” – but, still exposing your little one to super sweet flavours.
🔸 “Wheat free recipe” – good for allergies.
🔸 “Natural colours and flavours” – good, but pretty standard.
🔹 The alternatives:
🔸There’s just nothing particularly nutritious in these bars. There’s ⅕ puffed rice and that’s about it. Sure, it’s great that the sugar is low, but they’re still super sweet without any substance. They may provide more fibre and less sugar than an LCM, but they also have triple the saturated fat content per bar- so it’s a bit of a lose-lose situation.
🔸Most muesli bars aren’t appropriate as a daily snack, and these are no exception.
🔸For those times where you need a convenient snack aisle option, I prefer something like the Carman's Fruit & Nut bars. These actually have some nutritious ingredients. You can check out my past review of this product herehttps://www.mealtimes.com.au/single-post/2019/06/10/chewsday-review-carmans-original-muesli-bars
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