Chewsday Review- Only Organic Yoghurt Rice Cakes

I’ve been wanting to review these yoghurt rice cakes for a while now. There’s been a lot of requests for them, and a quick glance at the nutrition panel had me all hot around the collar….

Anyway today’s review features Only Organic Yoghurt Rice Cakes…

🔶Ingredients: Yoghurt topping (55%) (The yoghurt topping is made from cane sugar, cocoa butter, skimmed yoghurt powder, full cream milk powder, emulsifier), puffed brown rice (45%)

🔹To make sense of that, this product is about half puffed rice, half “yoghurt”. The yoghurt is in inverted commas because the main ingredient in the yoghurt is sugar, so it’s hardly a typical yoghurt.

🔹Common allergens: Milk and soy. May contain traces of nuts and sesame according to the packaging.

🔶The positives:

🔹These rice cakes are a source of wholegrain (specifically puffed brown rice) which is good for little tummies. However, there wouldn’t be much more than a teaspoon of actual rice in them, so there’s not a lot of fibre really.

🔹Low sodium content, which I’d expect.

🔶The negatives:

🔹High saturated fat content (the bad fat) which is 5x the recommended upper level. A lot of this would come from the cocoa butter. Overall fat content is high too, but I’m mostly concerned about the saturated fat.

🔹The sugar content is double the upper guidelines at 29g/100g. This is quite outrageous for a rice cake. This is mostly added sugar which is used to make the “yoghurt” (there would be a bit of natural sugar in the milk powder but the rest is added).

🔹These are pretty expensive considering they’re mainly puffed rice ($76 a kilo expensive!!). Regular puffed rice cakes are about $13 per kilo.

🔶The marketing:

🔹“Finger food for Kindy 1-5 years”. This is not a necessary food for 1 year olds most definitely, and I certainly wouldn’t be packing them for kindy. This kind of branding just makes you think that they’re good for little kids. They’re not.

🔹“Organic wholegrains.” Great, but remember that organic does not mean more nutritious.

🔹“A delicious snack for mums and dads too!” I tasted one and it was super sweet. Remember that in no way am I anti-sugar (I love a Tim Tam as much as the next person) BUT I hate people being tricked into buying high-sugar products because they’re told it’s healthy.

🔶The alternatives:

🔹This is a puffed rice cake covered in sugar and fat. Kids love them because they taste delicious- but don’t be fooled by the packaging.

🔹Regular puffed rice cakes, which cost about 6 times less. Smear them with peanut butter or chia jam if you need a sweetener.


About Mealtime Building Blocks

Dr Kyla Smith is a paediatric dietitian 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 and Lauren on their website and sign up for their newsletter, and the Facebook page or on the Instagram page. You can also email them.

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