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NEW FOOD PACKAGING IN STORE NOW

From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

  • CURRENT Packaging
  • new Packaging

We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

Products purchased via the website will be delivered to customers in our old packaging until the end of October. From November, products ordered from the website will be delivered in the new packaging.

Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

For any questions, connect with our team of accredited practising Dietitians on +61 3 6332 9200

Product name changes

  • Cereal Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Baby Rice
  • NEW Packaging Organic Rice with Prebiotic (GOS) Note: Our Baby Rice recipe has been upgraded to now include GOS Prebiotic
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Vanilla Rice Custard
  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Porridge
  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
  • Ready To Serve Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Banana, Pear & Mango
  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Mango, Blueberry & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Blueberry, Mango & Apple
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Peach & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Grape, Apple & Peach
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
  • RUSKS NAME CHANGES
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks
Home/Nutrition & Recipes/Articles/Infant & Toddler Nutrition/Nutrition/The Nutritional Value of Carbohydrates for Children

The Nutritional Value of Carbohydrates for Children

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If there is one area of nutrition guaranteed to cause debate it is carbohydrates! We are constantly asking should we eat them, how much and which type?

Far less common, is a discussion about carbs and children. In particular, whether our kids should be eating fewer carbs and if so what is the right way to go about it?

Forms of Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are primarily found in plant based foods — think bread, rice, cereal, fruits, starchy vegetables and sugars. The simplest form of carbohydrate is glucose. It has many variations, which includes mixes of hundreds of individual sugars forming more complex carbohydrates, such as bread and cereal.

Carbohydrates can also be grouped according to their glycaemic index (GI). The glycaemic index refers to how quickly or how slowly a carbohydrate releases glucose into the bloodstream. Low GI foods are carbohydrate based foods that release glucose more slowly into the bloodstream for longer lasting energy.

Carbohydrates for Brain and Muscle Development

Carbohydrates are the primary fuel for the muscle and brain, which are crucial to the growth and development of babies and young children. There is no set amount of carbohydrates that a child requires each day. It largely depends on age, gender, rate of growth, and activity levels of the child. Generally speaking, a carbohydrate-rich food at each meal will ensure the muscles and brain have enough fuel to function.

Optimal Mix of Carbohydrates

The biggest issue with carbohydrates and kids, is the type of carbohydrates they eat on a daily basis. We want to ensure that they are having the right carbohydrates — those that are rich in fibre — and ensure they are eating appropriate portion sizes.

The best types of carbohydrates are those that are minimally processed and release their energy relatively slowly into the bloodstream. For example, wholemeal pasta, brown rice, quinoa, corn, fruits, and vegetables. When it comes to amounts, children need much less food than adults, therefore the serving size of carbohydrates per meal is roughly ½ – ¾ of a cup smaller, or the equivalent of a single potato or piece of fruit. Also, ensure that your kids are routinely consuming meals with some protein, as well as vegetables or salad.

Bellamy’s Organic has a range of good quality, minimally processed carbohydrate-rich foods including Brown Rice Pasta Stars, Organic Vegie Macaroni and Organic Baby Porridge. These products offer the wholegrain carbohydrates your little ones need for optimal growth and development.

I’ve also written about my carbohydrate-based recipe options for kids on the Bellamy’s blog. Some of my favourite recipes include:

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Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Infant Formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.
  • A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding may reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.
  • If you use infant formula, all preparation and feeding instructions must be followed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important for your baby’s health.