- The Australian Healthy Food Guide has just announced its foodie winners for 2017.
- Products are broken into eight categories and judged by a panel of four nutritionists and dietitians to “showcase the healthiest foods on supermarket shelves”.
- Let’s take a peek at how some of the winners stacked up…
We love a little healthy competition here at IQS, so when we saw the Australian Healthy Food Guide Awards had released the 2017 winners, we had to take a look.
We’re not going to lie, we were a little surprised to see that Sanitarium’s “Weet-Bix Cholesterol Lowering” brekkie cereal was named the product of the year.
When Sanitarium released this product little over a month ago, we delved right in and weren’t too pleased with what we found. While we agree with the Healthy Food Guide that this new product recognised a health issue and tried to address it, we stand by the fact that by making the right lifestyle choices, you can lower your cholesterol naturally.
Realising that the product of the year might not be all it’s cracked up to be, we dug even deeper into some of the other categories…
Best flavoured yoghurt went to Rokeby Farms Whole Protein Swedish-Style Quark Yoghurt (Strawberry). Admittedly, flavoured yoghurts aren’t really our thing – we always reach for full-fat plain or Greek yoghurt and then add our own berries or rice malt syrup for a touch of sweetness. As this yoghurt is made with fruit concentrate and flavourings, it contains over 10.4g sugar per serve and is made with low-fat milk, so it would be a no-go for us. After our yoghurt recommendations? Check out our verdict on popular Greek yoghurts!
Best kids’ lunch box snack was awarded to Mini Babybel Cheese (Light). We were so happy to see a dairy product up there on the list, and one with no sugar too! But, we’d opt for the full-fat version, Mini Babybel Original, which has a stellar nutritional profile.
Best new breakfast cereal was handed to Carman’s Gourmet Porridge Sachets (Natural 5 Grain & Super Seed). This fruit-free porridge mix is a blend of five types of grains and five types of seeds – with no added sugar, hooray! While we haven’t tested it for flavour, it looks like it could be a tasty brekkie alternative.
Check out the New Zealand Food Awards winners too…
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