Chewsday Review- Roasted Chic Peas (lightly salted)

There’s been a few requests for a Chewsday Review of these interesting snack foods. They’re roasted chickpeas, so they sound healthy, but are they any different from roasted potato slices (e.g. chips)?! Let’s see…

🔶Ingredients: 
🔹Chickpeas, canola oil, sea salt, garlic powder
🔹Chickpeas make up 90% of the product, and the oil for roasting makes up another 9% or so.
🔹Common allergens include: nil.  The package states that it is free from the 9 most common allergens. 
🔶The positives: 
🔹Low sugar and saturated fat content, well within healthy eating guidelines. 
🔹Sodium (salt) content at 250mg/100g is also within recommendations (less than 420mg/100g) and I’m impressed with this given the delicious salty flavour of the chickpeas.
🔹High in fibre (which you would expect from chickpeas you might normally buy). One serve provides 23% of a toddler’s fibre requirements and 18% of a school-aged child’s fibre requirements.
🔹Great crunchy texture, which lots of our fussy clients like.
🔶The negatives:
🔹Total fat content exceeds healthy guidelines at 11.6g/100g. This comes from the canola oil, but isn’t a huge problem given that the saturated fat (bad fat) content is low. 
🔹These chick peas are crunchy and tend to ‘shatter’ in your mouth, so are best for kiddies who have good biting and chewing skills. They would be a choking risk for younger bubbies.
🔶The marketing:
🔹5 Health Stars. Well-deserved ✔️
🔹”Chickpeas are rich in protein giving you 100% snacking satisfaction”. These are much higher in protein than most snack foods, and protein can help you to feel fuller for longer. ✔️
🔹”Nut Free. Gluten Free. 100% Wholesome.” Nut free and gluten free are important for children who are allergic to nuts or gluten. It’s also important for nut-free school lunch boxes. Just note that these features do not necessarily make the product ‘wholesome’ (although I am happy to describe this as a wholesome snack!) 
🔶The alternatives:
🔹These chickpeas are a great snack choice! From a nutritional point of view I’m giving them a big thumbs up!
About Mealtime Building Blocks 
Dr Kyla Smith is a paediatric dietitian 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 and Lauren on their website and sign up for their newsletter, and the Facebook page or on the Instagram page.
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I'm a paediatric dietitian working primarily with kids who find mealtimes difficult, or are considered 'fussy eaters'. I've spent 10 years working on a government funded Mealtime Management Team and I've just branched out on my own. I love the specialty area of mealtime difficulties. My blog is based on key questions that parents ask about childhood nutrition, feeding kids and managing fussy or picky eating.


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