Chewsday Review- Messy Monkeys Yoghurt Drink

Messy Monkeys are EVERYWHERE at the moment. They’ve got a new yoghurt drink available on the shelves, so let’s see whether it gets a Chewsday tick of approval!


🔹Milk, Sugar, Prebiotic fibre, Stabilisers (modified starch, agar, pectin), natural vanilla flavour, Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, Streptococcus Thermophilus

🔹Common allergens include: milk

🔹This product contains probiotics and prebiotics. PRObiotics are good bacteria or yeasts that can improve the balance of good bacteria in the gut. PREbiotics on the other hand are the food for PRObiotics and they reach the large bowel without being digested. The fibre in this product helps to feed the good bugs.

🔶The positives:

🔹Good source of calcium for strong bones, at 128mg/100ml. One pack of this yoghurt drink meets 51% of a toddler's calcium requirements and 36% of an older child's calcium requirements.

🔹Total fat content within healthy guidelines.

🔹Convenient- the long shelf life means you can keep these on hand for those days when your weekly shop is running low.

🔶The negatives:

🔹There’s a lot of added sugar in this drink. Regular milk will naturally have some sugar (as lactose) and I’d expect the amount to be about 4g/100mL. This yoghurt drink is 11.9g/100ml, which means about 8g/100g (or 16g per pack) is just added sugar. That’s almost 4 tsp of added sugar and a lot more than most flavoured milks or yoghurts.

🔹Saturated fat content exceeds nutritional guidelines for drinks at 2.1g per 100ml. Recommendations suggest aiming for less than 1.5g of saturated fat per 100ml. The reason that this exceeds guidelines, is because it uses full cream milk rather than reduced fat or HiLo milk. This is appropriate for under two year olds, but I prefer to recommend HiLo milk for older kids.

🔹NOTE: The nutritional criteria for assessing drinks is more strict than for assessing food. This is partly because calories consumed in drinks are less well recognised by the body, as compared to those in food. This can mean that we often drink more without it contributing to our sense of fullness. If this product was a food, it would meet healthy guidelines.

🔶The marketing:

🔹A source of protein. Yes true. Remember though, that 'source of protein' means that it's got some protein in it (even if it's a tiny amount). In this case, it's got 6g per pack which is equivalent to a yoghurt pack.

🔹’Hidden goodness of prebiotics.’ As I explained above, PREbiotics are the food for our good bacteria. You can also find prebiotic components in onions, leeks, celery, oats and legumes. You don’t need a specific drink like this.

🔶The alternatives:

🔹I’m a fan of many Messy Monkeys products, but not this one. It’s basically a sweetened milk with some added fibre. It doesn’t match plain milk, yoghurt or even other flavoured milks.

🔹Choose a yoghurt instead of this yoghurt drink!


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