Chewsday Review - Mum-mum Pea Snacks Original
The number of baby puff snacks just keeps getting bigger and bigger! Mum-mum Pea Snacks offer 2g of protein and over 20 million probiotics per serve, but should they be a pantry staple? Read on to find out.
🔸 Pea Powder (73%), sunflower oil, maltodextrin, raising agent, salt, ganedenBC30 (inulin, bacillus coagulans GB1-30 6086) [0.15%], flavour enhancer, sugar, white pepper.
🔸 It’s good to see that ‘pea snacks’ are actually made from mostly pea powder.
🔸Sunflower oil is the second ingredient and contains the good kinds of fats- monounsaturated!
🔸 Maltodextrin is a type of starch and is used to thicken products and increase shelf life.
🔸 Ganeden BC30 is the added probiotic or ‘good’ gut bacteria. Don’t be worried by the numbers- with millions of good gut bacteria out there, numbers like this are needed!
🔸 Allergens: none
🔸 May contain: wheat, fish, egg, soy, peanut, milk, shellfish and nuts.
🔸 Thanks to the pea powder, these are high in protein with 19.8g/100g. This is much higher than other puffs on the market, like Baby Bellies Organic Carrot Puffs that only have 6.9g/100 g protein.
🔸 These puffs contain probiotics which are good for kids’ tummies. There are over 200 million (CFU) probiotics in each serving at the time of packaging but the evidence is still lacking about whether the Ganeden BC30 probiotic used is actually shelf stable at room temperature.
🔸 These are low in saturated fat with 1.5g/100g which meets our recommendations.
🔸These puffs exceed the recommended 400mg/100g of sodium by 9mg. Per serve (which is only 12g!) these are about 25% of a baby's and 6% of a toddler’s recommended daily salt intake.
🔸 The amount of fibre is not mentioned on the nutrition panel, which makes me think there isn’t a lot.
🔸 Like many baby and toddler snacks, these are very expensive at $150 per kilo!
🔸 ‘Baked not fried’- true but baked isn’t always healthier than fried.
🔸 ‘Plant Based’- obviously, they are made from pea powder!
🔸 ‘Over 200 million (CFU) probiotics per pouch’: this is true but this number may decrease over time.
🔸In general, I don’t mind baby puffs occasionally for their convenience or used as a vessel for puree or nut spread. If you offer them to your baby, I would look for other puffed products that meet sodium guidelines and have added iron, like Baby Bellie’s Organic Cauliflower Puffs.
🔸Cruskits would be a cheaper alternative (but similar nutrient content) to these and still gives that melt in the mouth texture. I recommend topping these with spreads like peanut butter, cottage cheese or hummus to make them into a more substantial snack.
🔸 Although these pea crisps have added probiotics and are a source of protein, I’d choose yoghurt over these to provide the same goodies, plus other nutrients like calcium.
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