Chewsday Review- Table of Plenty Mini Rice Cakes Triple Berry Yoghurt

If you read my review on the Only Organic Yoghurt Rice Cakes, you’ll know I was disappointed (to say the least!). Since then, I’ve had some requests to review the Table of Plenty Mini Rice Cakes in Triple Berry Yoghurt. So did they fare any better?

Dr Kyla Smith and Liz Beaton are paediatric dietitians specialising in fussy eating, feeding difficulties and childhood nutrition. Lauren Pike is an occupational therapist working in fussy eating and feeding difficulties. They have a private practice called Mealtime Building Blocks in Perth, Western Australia. You can connect with Kyla, Liz and Lauren here cmas as the main ingredient in this “yoghurt” is sugar, so it’s hardly typical yoghurt. 🔸 Common allergens: cow’s milk and soy. May contain traces of sesame and tree nuts. 🔹 The positives: 🔸 No added salt. Which means a low sodium content as I’d expect. 🔸 A source of wholegrains, which are great for little tummies! BUT less than half of this rice cake is the actually puffed rice and the fibre content is pretty low for a wholegrain product. 🔹 The negatives: 🔸 The saturated fat (the bad fat) is over 4x the recommended upper level. This would be mostly from the cocoa butter and means overall fat is high too. 🔸 The sugar content is double the guideline recommendations with 29g/100g! This is mostly from added sugar in the “yoghurt” topping. There would only be a small amount of natural sugars from the milk and fruit powders. 🔸 These are not cheap! At $3.60 for a small pack or $60 per kilo these are roughly 6 times the price of regular puffed rice cakes. 🔹 The marketing: 🔸 ‘Wholegrain goodness’ again, less than half (40%) is puffed rice, which is probably less than a teaspoon of actual rice. 🔸‘17 calories per serve’ This is more aimed at adults who might be trying to reduce their energy intake- so not really relevant here 🔸‘Gluten free’ like most rice-based snacks. Good if you or your little one have coeliac disease or are gluten intolerant, but it doesn’t make it more nutritious for anyone else. 🔸‘100% ALL NATURAL’, ‘Fructose friendly’ and ‘GMO Free’– Don’t let this marketing fool you. The ingredients might be ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ BUT remember that doesn’t mean it’s a healthy option. 🔹 The alternatives: 🔸 Choose regular puffed rice cakes and top with plain yoghurt, nut butter or fruit puree for a more nutritious (and tastier!) option that will cost you a fraction of the price. 🔸 These are basically identical to the ‘Only Organic’ yoghurt topped rice cakes that got me all hot around the collar in a previous Chewsday Review. I hate people being tricked into buying high-sugar products because they are told it’s healthy, don’t be fooled!

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About Mealtime Building Blocks

Dr Kyla Smith and Liz Beaton are paediatric dietitians specialising in fussy eating, feeding difficulties and childhood nutrition. Lauren Pike is an occupational therapist working in fussy eating and feeding difficulties. They have a private practice called Mealtime Building Blocks in Perth, Western Australia. You can connect with Kyla, Liz and Lauren here www.mealtimebuildingblocks.com.au www.mealtimebuildingblocks.com.au

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