Dietitian’s Review – Rafferty’s Garden Yoghurt Buttons

Last week’s packaged snack review on the Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusks was a popular hit with many parents who were pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t as nutritious as they thought. If you haven’t seen it, you can read it here.

This week, I will be bringing you a review on another popular supermarket snack product aimed at toddlers – the Rafferty’s Garden Yoghurt Buttons. With a combination of “97% real fruit and yoghurt” as highlight on the packaging, it must be pretty good right? Well, let’s see….

The Rafferty’s Garden Yoghurt Buttons comes in the Mixed Berry and Strawberry flavours. These sweet and tangy buttons dissolves in the mouth. It is marketed for toddlers between 1 to 3 years of age, promising to help your little one practice their fine motor skills and pincer grip.

97% Yoghurt and Fruit

Yes, it is indeed true that the product is 97% yoghurt and fruit. HOWEVER…. sugar appears third on the ingredients list and a quick scan of the nutrition information panel revealed that the product contains 63% sugar. That is almost 2/3 of the product! Most of the sugar comes from the yoghurt and a small amount is from the fruit puree.

When I was researching the product on the manufacturer website, I couldn’t help but notice that the nutrition information listed on the manufacturer website was incorrect. The website indicates that the strawberry buttons contain less than 0.1g sugar per 100g, but in fact, the product has 62.3g sugar per 100g as listed on the packaging.

Even though the packaging shows pictures of fresh fruits, these buttons only contain between 2 – 3.5% fruit puree so I certainly wouldn’t be relying on these to get the serve of fruit your toddler requires.

Despite containing 93.5% yoghurt, one serve of these buttons only provide 36mg of calcium – this only meets 7% of the calcium requirement for children 1-3 years old. So much so for the claim ‘great source of calcium’!

Price

These buttons costs a whopping $143 per kg. You could easily buy fresh fruit or yoghurt at a very small fraction of the price (less than 8.5% to be exact).

Recommendations

In my opinion, this product is highly unnecessary and you are better off spending your money on something else. It doesn’t provide much nutritionally and it is full of sugar, which is detrimental to your child’s dental health.

Instead of spending a fortune on these, here are some healthier snack ideas you can try offering for extra fibre, calcium and vitamins:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Sultanas for pincer grip
  • Cheese cut into cubes or strips
  • Slice of toast with ricotta or cream cheese
  • Custard with fruit (no added sugar)
  • Yoghurt – see my kids yoghurt review here

 

You can also try making one of these healthier and super easy yoghurt snacks at home for the whole family to enjoy:

Lemon Vanilla Yoghurt Drops – One Handed Cooks

http://onehandedcooks.com.au/recipe/lemon-vanilla-yoghurt-drops/

You can try a combination of different fruits to vary things up. One of the comments suggested adding honey, please do not offer honey to a baby under 12 months of age due to the risk of botulism.

 

Yoghurt Bark – Super Healthy Kids

These homemade frozen yoghurt treats are fantastic as a dessert or snack – adults can enjoy them as well. You can try using greek yoghurt instead.

https://www.superhealthykids.com/strawberry-blueberry-frozen-yogurt-bark/

 

Charlyn’s Overall Rating – Rafferty’s Yoghurt Buttons: 1.5/5

 

Stay tuned for next week’s review – I will be looking at a popular toddler fruit bar.

 

Specialist Dietitian Consultancy is a premium nutrition clinic based in Ardross, Perth WA. This blog post is written by Charlyn Ooi (Paediatric & Neonatal Dietitian and Credentialled Diabetes Educator). All content written is based on my own opinion and not sponsored in any way. The information provided is general advice and not applicable if you or your child have any specific dietary requirements. For further information or to book an appointment, please click on the Contact Us page.