Chewsday Review- The Collective Organic Li’L Suckies

Adding to the ever-expanding range of squeezie pouches for kids, is the Organic Li’L suckies by The Collective. The yoghurt is organic and has no added nasties, but does that make it any healthier? Let’s find out in today’s Chewsday review featuring the strawberry flavour available from Woolworths.

🔶 Ingredients

🔹Organic Milk, Organic Raw Sugar, Organic Skim Milk Powder, Stabiliser (Organic Natural Starch), Live Cultures (Incl. L. acidophilus, Bifidobacterium, L. casei)), Organic Strawberry Puree (5%), Natural Flavour

🔹Common allergens include: milk 

🔶 Positives

🔹Total fat, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium fit within healthy guidelines. 

🔹Although the sugar content fits within the healthy guidelines, the added sugar content is almost 4 times that of other yoghurts such as Tamar Valley Kids yoghurt pouch.

🔹Good calcium content for a yoghurt. The calcium content in one pouch provides 18% of a toddler’s calcium requirements and 13% of an older child’s calcium requirements. This is similar to yoghurts of equivalent size, providing 20% and 14% respectively.

🔹The protein content is similar to other yoghurts of equivalent size.

🔶 Negatives

🔹The animal character on the packaging could be a source of ‘pester power’ and we all know how powerful (and annoying) that can be!

🔹Compared to other yoghurts the sugar content is high.

🔹The squeezie pouch design isn’t helpful and regular reliance on this way of ‘eating’ can affect your child’s biting and chewing skills. I also don’t love the excessive plastic used in these particular package designs!

🔶 Marketing

🔹The cute animal characters will grab the attention of your kids! Watch out!

🔹 “No added nasties like preservatives ‘n’ stuff.” N stuff? Seriously? Food additives are not necessarily ‘nasty’. Not having ‘stuff’ does not make the product any healthier than similar products containing so called ‘nasties’.

🔹 “Fresh probiotic yoghurt.” Most yoghurts are probiotic anyway, and this yoghurt wouldn’t be anymore ‘fresh’ than other yoghurts on the market. 

🔹 “Organic.” This tells us about the growing conditions of the ingredients and does not tell us about the healthiness of the product. An organic product doesn’t make it any healthier.

🔶 Alternatives

🔹Overall, it’s an ok dairy based snack option for kids with nothing particular ‘bad’. However, there are other yoghurt pouches on the market with lower added sugar and higher calcium content such as Tamar Valley’s kids yoghurt pouches or the Aldi no added sugar yoghurt.


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