Dietitian’s Review – Whole Kids Organic Fruit Bars

Hope you enjoyed reading last week’s review on the Rafferty’s Yoghurt Buttons. I had a few gorgeous mums contact me to say that they had a go at making the Lemon Vanilla Yoghurt Drops and it was an instant hit with their toddlers! You can find the recipe here.

This week, I will be reviewing the Whole Kids Organic Fruit Bars. So let’s jump right into it and see if these organic fruit bars with ‘only real ingredients’ are worth your penny…

The Whole Kids Organic Fruit Bars come in 3 different flavours and they are marketed for kids above 12 months old:

  1. Apple & Blackcurrant
  2. Apple & Sultana
  3. Apricot

These Whole Kids Organic Fruit Bars are suitable for those with egg, fish and shellfish allergy. It contains dairy, wheat, soy and traces of peanuts and tree nuts. These bars are very similar to teething rusks and they are a good size for those little hands to hold on to.

The main selling points about this product are: no artificial colours, additives, flavours or preservatives and everything in this product is simply made from ‘real, organic ingredients’. Sounds wonderful if you are just going by these information on the packaging and it is so easy to assume that the product must be healthy for children. However, it pays to spend a couple of minutes reading the nutrition label and decoding these health claims.

 

Not So High in Fibre

These fruit bars contain about 40% flour (mix of plain flour and wholemeal flour) and 34% fruit. I was expecting these bars to have a bit more fibre but each bar only has 1.3g. This is much lower than the recommended 3g fibre per serve. In comparison, 1 medium apple provides about 4.5g fibre.


The Sugar Mystery

This product contains between 32 to 36% sugar. Some of the sugar is derived from the fruit and 15% is from actual sugar added during the manufacturing process. Even though the company used organic sugar, it is important to remember that this is still sugar at the end of the day.


What’s OK

This product is relatively low in sodium (salt) and it meets the guidelines for fat (all the bars have less than 10g fat per 100g). However, the saturated fat content is way above the cut-off (almost twice the recommended limit)!

Yes, it is absolutely true that these fruit bars only contain organic ingredients and they didn’t use anything artificial. Despite that, they are only marginally better than the Rafferty’s Garden snack bars from a nutritional perspective. The Whole Kids fruit bars have a slightly lower salt and sugar content, but they have twice the amount of fat and saturated fat compared to the Rafferty’s Garden snack bars. Despite this, I am not suggesting that you buy the Rafferty’s Garden snack bars either, there are a lot more better options you can offer your kids. Read on…


Price

At $4.99 for a box of 4, these fruit bars are $1.20 each or $49.90 per kg. They cost 60% more than the Rafferty’s Garden snack bar and this is probably because of the use of organic ingredients.


Recommendations

In my opinion, this product is an OK choice. It is a positive that the manufacturer has chosen to use organic ingredients, but it is not nutritionally superior when compared to other similar brands of fruit bars. Instead of spending your money on buying these packaged snacks, you can try to make your own at home using the recipes below. I love that the recipes below only requires common ingredients in the pantry and they both freeze really well:

 

Oat Fruit Bars:

http://onehandedcooks.com.au/recipe/baby-toddler-food-chew-me-oat-fruit-bars/


Thermomix Fruit Bars:

https://www.recipecommunity.com.au/baby-food-recipes/fruit-bars-with-oats-toddlers-babies/6ky45zug-0c3d7-321948-cfcd2-8bzahz66

 

Charlyn’s Overall Rating – Whole Kids Organic Fruit Bars: 3 / 5

 

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