Chewsday Review- Real Foods Corn Thins

Today's Chewsday Review features Real Foods Corn Thins (Multigrain). As you know from previous reviews, I’ve been critical of some other crackers out there. I’m often suggesting rice or corn cakes as an alternative. But what’s actually in them, and are they an everyday choice? Let’s have a closer look…

🔶Ingredients:

🔹Maize (78%), sorghum (7%), brown rice (7%), buckwheat (5%), millet (2%), sunflower oil, sea salt

🔹Maize is just another word for corn and sorghum, buckwheat and millet are just other gluten free wholegrains.

🔹May include: Sesame and Soy.

🔶Positives:

🔹Saturated fat and total fat content within healthy guidelines.

🔹The corn thins are a source of fibre. Three corn thins provide 1.2 g of fibre, which is almost 10% of a toddler's, and 7% of young child's daily fibre needs.

🔹Sodium (salt) content is within healthy guidelines at 259mg/100g.

🔹The sugar content of 0.7g/100g is well and truly within guidelines.

🔹At $2 for the whole packet, they’re very cheap at 24c per serve or 8c per thin!

🔹They taste like popcorn! They also keep well in the pantry if you seal up the packaging after opening.

🔶Negatives:

🔹The texture is quite firm and requires reasonable biting and chewing skills, so not appropriate for young bubs.

🔹They’re 72% carbohydrates, which definitely ISN’T a bad thing, but they’re not really going to fill kids up for long on their own.

🔶Marketing:

🔹“With Corn Thins you get all the delicious taste of popcorn with none of the mess” Hear hear!

🔹”Corn Thins are both delicious and diet friendly” Oh dear, why does diet culture have to pop up everywhere?

🔹“Only 23 calories per slice” Hmmm…. again with the diet culture.

🔶Alternatives:

🔹Nutritionally these get a big Chewsday Review tick of approval from me. I also think they’re quite tasty. I would suggest adding some different toppings for a more fulfilling snack- think avocado, cheese slices, or peanut butter.

🔹For young babies and toddlers still developing biting and chewing skills, try Cruskits which have a bite and dissolve texture. Read my review of Cruskits here.

 

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