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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
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Why the Source of Sugar is Important When Considering Food Choices

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Sugar is a word that frightens many health conscious parents. It’s a word associated with weight gain, cavities, high cholesterol and diabetes, and many parents are right in trying to avoid it when possible. But not all sugar is the same. And where sugar comes from definitely matters. The other very important fact is that our bodies need sugar in the form of glucose to make energy for our brain, muscles and nervous system, which all rely on glucose as their main energy source.

The confusion around sugar often begins with the terminology associated with it. There is a lot of confusion about definitions, in particular ‘simple sugars’, ‘carbohydrates’ and ‘starches’. In fact, carbohydrates are sugars – they can be divided into two types: simple sugars and starches (also referred to as complex carbohydrates).

Simple Sugars

The simple sugars include glucose (also known as dextrose), fructose, galactose and sucrose (granulated sugar). On their own, these simple sugars are generally quick to move into the bloodstream, causing a spike in blood sugar levels.

There are a number of healthy and natural sources of simple sugars, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and milks. On the other hand, if they’re from artificial sources they should be avoided when possible. These sources include:

  • Table sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses

These sugars and carbs are often referred to as ‘added’, and are generally used to sweeten products without providing any extra nutritional value. Added sugars are used most often to boost flavour, add texture and colour to baked goods, preserve foods (jams, jellies etc), fuel fermentation (enable white bread to rise), bulk up food and balance foods with acidity.

Note that one particular exception to this is honey, which is is classified as a simple sugar but is seen as healthier because it is naturally produced and comes with other important benefits such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Starches or Complex Carbs

Sugars that make up starches or complex carbs are generally sourced from whole plant foods, including:

  • Green vegetables
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Okra
  • Yams
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Green beans
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Radishes
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Grapefruit
  • Prunes
  • Strawberries
  • Beans eg kidney, pinto, and soybeans etc.
  • Peas eg chick peas and split peas etc.
  • Lentils
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Buckwheat
  • Brown rice
  • Corn
  • Barley
  • Wheat
  • Sorghum
  • Low-fat yoghurt
  • Skim milk

*Please note this is not an exhaustive list of complex carbohydrates.

The sugars and carbs in these foods are natural. They generally consist of three or more different types of sugars and also come with fibre, vitamins, minerals and nutrients. In fact, it is the presence of fibre that makes a significant difference in the healthiness of these sugars. Fibre helps to slow the body’s absorption of sugar, thereby moderating the concentration of glucose in the blood. It’s the difference between a consistent source of energy throughout the day and a short spike that doesn’t last. Added simple sugars simply don’t have the natural balance that regulates the sugar’s absorption and don’t bring the additional benefits of vitamins and minerals.

How much good sugar do you need?

In Australia, the latest government recommendations do not specify a daily limit for carbohydrate, sugar or added sugar intake. It does, however, recommend that Australians limit their intake of added sugar and avoid products with ingredients that include sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, maltose, dextrose, raw sugar, cane sugar, malt extract, and molasses.

Understanding labels

When reading the ingredient list on your child’s food, it’s important to understand what it is you are reading.

At Bellamy’s Organic we do not add any sugar or intense sweeteners to any product under our brand name. We use ingredients that contain healthy, natural and energy-rich sugars such as milks, fruit, vegetables and cereals. This is why to some, for example, our apple snacks may appear high in sugar. If you were to label the amount of sugar from an apple directly off the tree it would have the same amount.

Sugar is something that is so prevalent in the modern world that it’s important parents understand the sources and definitions. With this knowledge, it’s much easier to make healthy choices for young children and the rest of us.

Do you look at the sugar content in the food you purchase?

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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.