Chewsday Review- Uncle Toby's Yoghurt strawberry muesli bars

Another Chewsday, another yoghurt coated bar. Is this one any better than those ‘yoghurty’ LCMs? Today’s review features Uncle Toby’s Yoghurt muesli bars in strawberry…


🔹Rolled oats (34%), glucose, wholegrain wheat, yoghurt compound (see below), chicory root fibre, strawberry fruit pieces (see below), coconut, invert sugar, honey, milk powder, flavour, emulsifier (soy lecithin), preservative 223.

🔹The yoghurt compound includes: sugar, vegetable fat, yoghurt powder (1.4%), whey powder, emulsifiers soy lecithin and 492) citric acid, breakfast cereal (wholemeal wheat flour (5%), wheat starch, sugar, vitamin E).

🔹 The strawberry fruit pieces contain: strawberry puree (1%), sunflower oil, sugar, humectant, modified wheat starch, berry juice concentrate(strawberry 0.6%).

🔹Soy lecithin Preservative 223 acts to keep the texture consistent in the biscuit and is generally well-tolerated. Sodium metabisulfite (E223) contains sulphites and may aggravate food intolerances in some people.

🔹Common allergens include: gluten, milk, soy and sulphites.

🔶 The positives:

🔹Reasonable fibre content, with 3.3g per muesli bar, which is good for little tummies. This works out to 23.5% of a young child’s fibre recommendation, and 18.3% of an older child’s daily fibre recommendations. It’s also 33 times the amount of fibre as in an LCM haha.

🔹Very low sodium (salt) content. Finally!

🔶The negatives:

🔹The sugar content comes in at 18.5g per 100g, which is above the recommendation. Almost all of this (apart from the 1% strawberry puree) comes from added sugar. Not ideal.

🔹The overall fat content is higher than healthy guidelines and the saturated fat (4.3g/100g) also exceeds guidelines by over 30%. Given that there’s no nuts in these bars, this fat mostly comes from the added oils.

🔹The ‘yoghurt’ and the ‘fruit pieces’ aren’t really yoghurt or fruit pieces. The yoghurt is sugar and fat, and the fruit pieces are fat and sugar. These sound healthy on the front of pack, but the ingredient panel never lies.

🔶 The marketing:

🔹”100% Australian wholegrain oats” Well, the oats make up a third of the bar, so even though they’re all Australian oats, this bar isn’t just all oats.

🔹“4 health stars” Only because of the small serving size of the bar, and the fact that they’re better than others on the market.

🔹”Packed with 100% Australian oats and wholesome energy to enjoy the great Aussie outdoors” They’re really harping on about the Aussie oats. I’d have to argue with glucose, yoghurt compound and invert sugar providing ‘wholesome energy’.

🔹”No artificial colours or flavours” Yep, great.

🔶The alternatives:

🔹This product is an ok choice in a snack aisle often filled with foods containing very high levels of sugar, fat and salt. Compared to other foods it does ok, but the added sugar content and saturated fat content is still too high for me to recommend as an everyday food.

🔹I’d still be opting for a Carman’s bar if you were having regularly.

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