Chewsday Review - Baby Bellies Organic Banana Softcorn

This week’s Chewsday review features another Baby Bellies product… Banana Softcorn! Are these a baby friendly alternative popcorn? Are they worth the money? Check out this week's review to find out…

🔹 Ingredients

🔸 Organic Corn Flour (72%), Organic Banana Powder (14%), Organic Sunflower Oil, Mineral (iron), organic antioxidant (organic rosemary extract).

🔸 A short ingredients list of essentially flour, powdered banana and oil, but I like that iron has been added.

🔸 All of the ingredients are organic which tells us how the ingredients are grown but nothing about their nutritional value.

🔸 Allergens: may contain wheat, gluten, milk and soy.

🔹 Positives

🔸 The added iron provides 18% of a babies’ (6-12 months) daily needs which is good for such a small packet. Getting enough iron can be tricky for babies that aren’t so good with typical high iron foods, so this gets a tick from me.

🔸 This snack has no added sugar, with 8.8g/100g coming from the natural sugars in the banana powder.

🔸 No added salt is great for a packaged snack food.

🔸The bite and dissolve texture is really useful for teaching biting and chewing skills in children and is a safer option to popcorn. I wouldn’t recommend popcorn for children younger than 4.

🔹 Negatives

🔸 These are $1.80 for a small packet or $225 for a kilo!! Super expensive, especially when you compare to popping corn kernels which are $4.90 per kilo.

🔸 These are really just puffed air with no fibre. Fibre helps us feel full, so with only 0.3g per serve they aren’t going to be very filling for babies.

🔸 The overall fat content exceeds the guidelines at 14.6g/100g. This isn’t a major concern as the serving size is small and the saturated fat (the bad kind) meets the guidelines.

🔹 Marketing

🔸 “Organic baby grade”: this is just fluffy marketing. Remember- organic does not always mean healthier.

🔸 “Nothing artificial”… true!

🔹 Alternatives

🔸 This is not necessarily a bad product (except for the price) and can be used as a convenient ‘on-the-go’ snack. I would suggest offering something more filling alongside them. The added iron is useful for babies, particularly those who aren’t eating a lot of solids yet but enjoy the puff texture.

🔸 Popcorn is a cheaper option but only suitable for children 4+ years given the tricky texture. These softcorn are much more appropriate for younger children.

🔸Cruskits or Baby Mum Mums are cheaper alternatives with the same dissolving texture. I also recommend spreading these with puree or nut spreads to make them more well-rounded.


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