Chewsday Review- Jalna Sweet and Creamy Yoghurt
Choosing a yoghurt suitable for little ones can be such a challenge and I’m here to help! Today’s Chewsday Review puts Jalna’s Sweet and Creamy Greek Yoghurt under the microscope. Let’s see how it fares...
🔸 Pasteurised whole milk, cream, fruit juice concentrate, and abc probiotics
🔸 Fruit juice concentrate is a type of added sugar, hiding behind a ‘healthier’ name
🔸 Allergens: Milk
🔸 A super short and simple ingredients list
🔸 Great to see that this yoghurt has live cultures added for happy tummies
🔸 Low in sodium but this is expected for a yoghurt
🔸 Gelatine free, so suitable for strict vegetarians or anyone who avoids gelatine for religious reasons
🔸 This yoghurt is high in saturated fat (the bad kind of fat), with double what is recommended in healthy guidelines. This comes from both the whole milk and cream. Whilst not everything needs to be low fat (especially not for growing kids) I wouldn’t call this a positive.
🔸This yoghurt is marketed as having no added cane sugar, which is pretty misleading because it does still contain added sugar, in the form of fruit juice concentrate. Unsweetened yoghurt contains about 5g sugar per 100g, which comes from lactose – a natural sugar found in milk. This yoghurt contains 8g/100g, so 3g of this sugar per 100g is added. It’s best to avoid added sugars for babies under 12 months, so I wouldn’t recommend this yoghurt for babies.
🔸 Surprisingly, this yoghurt is pretty low in calcium, with only 88mg of calcium 100g. We want to aim for at least 120mg/100g in a yoghurt. 100g of this yoghurt provides around 17% of a younger child’s and 12% of an older child’s daily calcium requirements.
🔸 ‘100% Australian Made and Owned’ – Always a good thing
🔸 ‘No added cane sugar’ - See above for my thoughts on that one!
🔸 For an everyday yoghurt, I wouldn’t recommend this one as it is lower in calcium and higher in sugar than my usual go-to’s.
🔸 I prefer the Jalna Greek Yoghurt (not the sweet and creamy), Farmers Union Greek Style or the Coles or Woolworths Homebrand Greek Style, all of which have no added sugar and are higher in calcium.
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