Chewsday Review- Bub’s Organic Little Rollies Coconut

Organic! Quinoa! Millet! No artificial additives! Today’s Chewsday Review features a product with ALL of the buzzwords, but is it as nutritious as it implies? Bub’s Organic Little Rollies really did surprise me (Spoiler: for all the wrong reasons). Let’s take a closer look!

🔹 Ingredients 🔸 Shell: Organic Rice Flour (70%), Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Skimmed Cocoa Powder, Organic Quinoa Flour (1.6%), Organic Millet Flour (1.6%), Sea Salt. Filling: Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Coconut (13.2%), Organic Vegetable Oil (Sunflower, Coconut), Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin). 🔸 The base of these bars is rice flour, making them gluten free 🔸 Organic just means the ingredients are grown without any pesticides – it doesn’t make the ingredients more nutritious. 🔸 For a quinoa and millet flavoured snack – these don’t contain a lot of quinoa or millet at only 3%! 🔸 Allergens: none 🔹 Positives 🔸 Low in sodium. I’m clutching at straws here! 🔸 Convenient individual packaging (you do pay a premium for this though) 🔸 Honestly, that’s where the positives end with these bars... 🔹 Negatives 🔸 The first thing I noticed on the back of this packet is how high in saturated fat these are. I don’t recommend a low-fat diet for growing kids, but these are 6x higher in saturated fat than recommended by healthy guidelines. As a general guide, I am looking for less than 3g of saturated fat per 100g – these bars contain 18.7g/100g. To put that into perspective, per 100g, this has twice the saturated fat of a Mars bar. 🔸 The sugar content in these is also high – and remember organic sugar still equals sugar! These bars contain 34.3g of sugar per 100g, 3x what is recommended in healthy guidelines. One small 25g bar contains more than 2 teaspoons of sugar. These certainly are starting to look less like a health bar and more like a chocolate bar... 🔸 Despite being mainly rice flour and sugar, these bars don’t come cheap! They are $2 for each 25g bar. That’s $80/kg for everyone playing along at home. 🔹 Marketing 🔸 ‘No artificial additives’ – This is true, but there are plenty of other (cheaper and more nutritious) bars on the market without artificial additives. 🔸 ‘Certified organic’ – This means a whole lot more about how ingredients are grown than how nutritious a product is. 🔹 Alternatives 🔸 This product is a chocolate bar for little people disguised behind health halos and pretty packaging. I suspect there are a lot of people out there thinking this is a more child appropriate food- it’s not. 🔸 For older children (the nuts can be a choking risk for young children) I would recommend any of the Carman’s muesli bars over these ones for an on the go snack.

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