Chewsday Review- Woolworths Pikelets

Today's Chewsday Review request comes from a Mum whose kiddies just love these bakery items. She was pretty sure they were an ok choice, until she started to doubt herself (as all Mums do!) So, are Woolworths pikelets any good? Let's see...


🔹Water, wheat flour, sugar, canola oil, milk solids, acidity regulator (575), wheat starch, egg powder, raising agent (500), salt, preservatives (202, 234), vegetable emulsifier (471), natural flavours (butter vanilla (milk), vanilla), natural colour (161b), vitamins (thiamin, folate).

🔹Acidity regulator (575) is glucono delta-lactone and is considered very safe. Raising agent (500) is sodium carbonate and is also considered very safe. Preservative 202 (potassium carbonate) prevents the growth of mould in baked goods. This is generally well tolerated but some more susceptible kids might react to this preservative. Preservative 234 (nisin) prevents bacteria spoilage and is well tolerated. Emulsifier 471 comes from fatty acids and keeps the consistency of the pikelet and is not considered problematic. Natural colour 161b is lutein, comes from grass or nettles to give a yellow colour and is well tolerated.

🔹Common allergens include: wheat/gluten, egg and milk

🔶The positives:

🔹Fat and saturated fat content is below healthy guideline cut offs.

🔹Sodium (salt) content is less than recommended, although it is relatively high for a sweet product.

🔹Sugar content (12.2g/100g) comes in under healthy recommendations.

🔹Ok fibre content. One pikelet meets 4% of a young child's fibre requirements.

🔶The negatives:

🔹These pikelets have considerably more fat and sugar than homemade pancakes, but similar sodium content. I did some calculations and although the Woolies ones meet recommendations, homemade pikelets would have about half the sugar and fat content (but obviously less convenience!)

🔹For the pikelets to survive on the shelves longer than a day without spoiling, they are made with a number of preservatives and other additives. This will concern many parents. I'm not worried about these, because they're tested and well regulated in Australia. But, if it bothers you, or your child reacts to any of these additives, then you can make your own choices about this product.

🔶The marketing:

🔹"Deliciously soft and fluffy." Most kiddies would agree!

🔹"No artificial colours or flavours." True, but note that this doesn't include preservatives (although they're generally very well tolerated).

🔹"A great snack". Again, not a particularly objective claim! 😂

🔶The alternatives:

🔹These aren't a bad product, but as usual, homemade would be superior.

🔹The pikelets also don't offer a huge amount of nutritious content, so think about ways you might add to them. This might be serving with cheese, nut spread or sliced banana 👍🏼


About the author of this post:

Dr Kyla Smith is a Paediatric Dietitian specialising in fussy eating, feeding difficulties and childhood nutrition. She has a private practice called Mealtime Building Blocks in Perth, Western Australia. You can connect with Kyla on her website and sign up for her newsletter, and her Facebook page or on her Instagram page. You can also email her.

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