Uncle Tobys Chewy Apricot Muesli Bars
Muesli bars: convenient? Yes. Nutritious? Ummm… This week the Uncle Tobys Chewy Muesli Bars is under the Chewsday Review spotlight! Let’s see how it stacks up.
🔹Muesli blend: [Uncle Tobys Rolled Oats (36%), wheat (12%), apricot (8%) (sulphites), breakfast cereal (wholegrain wheat (5%), wholemeal wheat flour, wheat bran, sugar, vitamin E), coconut, milk, powder], glucose, chicory root fibre, sunflower oil, sugar, humectant (glycerine), modified starch (1412), invert sugar, honey, emulsifier (soy lecithin), natural flavour
🔹The soy lecithin is used as an emulsifier in the bars to keep a consistent texture. It is generally well-tolerated.
🔹Sulphites are used in the dried apricot as preservatives. The antioxidant and antimicrobial effect minimise spoilage as well as to retain the colour and flavour of food.
🔹This cereal bar contains honey, which isn’t suitable for infants under 12 months of age. However, the texture also isn’t suitable for babies.
🔹Modified starch (1412) is used as thickener and stabiliser in the food, which is generally well-tolerated. However, it might cause bloating and flatulence in some people.
🔹Common allergens include: Wheat, milk, soy and sulphites
🔹Saturated fat content falls within the acceptable range at 1.9g/100g This comes mainly comes from sunflower oil (a good quality vegetable oil). As a comparison, Carman’s muesli bars have about 3-4g of saturated fat per 100g.
🔹Dietary fibre content is high, providing 3.6g per serve (1 bar), which is equivalent to 11.5g/100g. This accounts for 25% of a toddler's daily requirement and 20% of a child's daily requirement. The fibre content is higher or comparable to other muesli bar brands.
🔹Low in sodium (as expected for a sweet cereal bar).
🔹This chewy bar is neither flaky nor crunchy, which means minimal mess! Plus, each bar costs averagely 70c, which is cheaper than many others.
🔹Higher than recommended sugar content at 15.6g per 100g (aiming for less than 15g per 100g. This is added sugar (except the tiny bite naturally occurring in the apricot and coconut), which is not ideal for your kids. But overall 4.9g per bar is reasonably low for muesli bars.
🔹 “Greatness inside the box", "Great grows here", "Open for the greatness".
The words GREAT is emphasised for three times. I think they’re good, great is maybe a stretch.
🔹 “Source of fibre” True, a very generous amount of dietary fibre!
🔹 “No artificial colours and flavours” True but not a very impressive features as most of the breakfast bars are artificial colour and flavour free.
🔹Despite the high sugar content, the muesli bar is still a reasonable option as a convenient snack. This muesli bar provides a decent amount of dietary fibre with an acceptable amount of fat and sugar in my opinion.
🔹The Carman’s Muesli Bars are another similar option.
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