Chewsday Review- Baby Bellies Organic Cauliflower Puffs
The baby puffed snack section in the supermarket seems to be forever growing! Today’s Chewsday Review features another product from the Baby Bellies range, the Organic Cauliflower Puffs. Is there anything cauliflower can’t do!? And the real question, are these puffs worth your money?
🔸 Organic Corn Flour (73%), Organic Cauliflower Powder (15%), Organic Sunflower Oil, Mineral (Iron), Organic Antioxidant (Organic Rosemary Extract).
🔸 All the ingredients are certified organic, but remember this tells us about how the ingredients are grown and not about their nutrient content.
🔸 Common allergens: none.
🔹 The positives:
🔸 Very low sodium (salt) content.
🔸 These puffs are low in sugar, with only 4.2g per 100g and this isn’t coming from added sugar either, which is great!
🔸 The added iron provides 22% of a babies (6-12 mo+) daily iron requirements per serve- not bad for a small 10g pack. Given that iron is the main nutritional reason we start solid foods at 6 months, this gets a tick.
🔸 The bite and dissolve texture is very useful for teaching biting and chewing skills. This is similar to Cruskits, the OG and my personal fave! Cruskits aren’t really made with babies in mind though, so they are a little saltier (but still within guidelines) and don’t have added iron.
🔹 The negatives:
🔸 The overall fat content exceeds the guidelines at 13g per 100g. I’m not too bothered by this as the serving size is small and the saturated fat (the bad kind) is actually within the guidelines. Some fat is necessary to helps create the desired dissolvable texture and the use of sunflower oil here is a decent option.
🔸 These puffs are pretty pricey! $1.70 for a 10g packet isn’t cheap, especially when you consider this is $170 per kilo, compared to Cruskits at $28 per kilo.
🔸 These are basically puffed air, making them a bit of a ‘filler food’ (though probably not actually very filling). This can encourage distracted or mindless eating which doesn’t help anyone!
🔹 The marketing:
🔸 ‘Baked not fried’ Sure, but baking in oil doesn’t make them any better than frying in oil.
🔸 ‘Nothing artificial’ True (as with most baby food products).
🔸 “Organic baby grade” This is a whole lot of fluff and gushy marketing: ‘Not just organic, it’s our extra commitment to you that all our organic ingredients, recipes and suppliers have been specially screened and selected to ensure they are appropriate and safe for growing little bellies.’ Not just organic, please…
🔹 The alternatives:
🔸 There’s nothing hugely wrong with this product (except the price tag), but I would be cautious about offering them too often as they could become a bit of a ‘distraction filler’ without offering much ‘tummy filling’. The added iron is very useful for babies who aren’t taking to solids but do accept these puff style foods.
🔸 I’d use these to offer your baby if everyone else was eating chips/twisties/soft cheese and there was nothing else suitable for them to eat at the same time.
🔸 Cruskits would be a reasonable and cheaper alternative for a savoury biscuit that has the same ‘melt in the mouth’ texture for practising biting and chewing (you can check out my Chewsday Review here:https://www.mealtimes.com.au/single-post/2017/10/24/chewsday-review-cruskits-original). If offering a couple of biscuits as a snack think about how you could use them as a vessel to carry something else- maybe spread with puree.
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