Monday Munchies: Sunbites air popped popcorn, lightly salted

As a parent it can be extremely difficult to navigate the supermarket aisles and know exactly what snacks and food items are nutritious, and those that aren’t. This is made increasingly difficult with packaging and marketing claims, such as “gluten free”, “reduced salt”, “sugar free” and the list goes on! Even well meaning parents who spend considerable time reading ingredient lists and nutritional panels can easily become overwhelmed. So I’ve decided to review a different food item or snack each week for their nutritional value.

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This week we will be looking at Sunbites lightly salted air popped popcorn, as I know popcorn is a go-to snack for many families.

Ingredients: Popcorn, canola oil, salt

The positives:

  • Good source of fibre with a 13g packet containing 8% of a toddlers and 6.6% of an older child’s daily fibre requirements

  • The sugar content of 0g per serving is obviously well within the guidelines

  • Saturated fat within healthy guidelines and below that of other brands

  • No trans-fats (og per 100g)

  • While the total fat is above the daily recommended levels at 21.3g per 100g, this is predominantly made up of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (good fats). The serving size of 13g means that the amount consumed is within the daily guidelines.

  • At $3.18 for a 6 pack (53 cents per serve) they are a fair bit cheaper than some other brands.

  • They taste great

The negatives:

  • The sodium (salt) content is 494 mg/100g which is over the recommendations of 420mg/100g. However, with a serving size of 13g, this isn’t really an issue, unless your child is eating alot of salt in the rest of their diet.

  • The size and firm texture can make popcorn a choking hazard. While there are no specific guidelines, many government organisations recommending children under 3 years avoid eating popcorn.

School friendly (nut free): Yes

Note: The nutritional information provided in this review is based on the nutritional panel provided on the product packaging/ website, and the Australian & New Zealand Nutritional Reference Values (ANZNRVs) at the time of publishing.

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Hi, I’m Aspen, a university qualified teacher and nutritionist. As one of seven kids, a mum and ten years teaching experience, I understand just how challenging mealtimes can be. That’s why I’m so passionate about giving families a range of strategies to reduce fussy eating and make mealtimes an enjoyable family experience. I also work with schools doing incursions, parent information sessions and canteen menu assessment.