The future of healthy snacks for children?

Posted by Daniel Palmer on 4th December 2008

As food manufacturers around the world step up their focus on producing new products that can cater toward a growing demand for healthy products, an Australian company has become the first to create a fruit snack bar without using puree, juice or additives.

Cheeky Chewz has devised a method to produce 100% dried fruit bars that, unlike most bars, are not made from fruit juice or fruit puree. Only the stones/cores of the fruit are removed, with the whole fruit, skin and all, naturally preserved as a raw food. They also ensure products have no added sugar, sulphur or preservatives.

According to the National Asthma Council Australia, they are the first fruit bars available in Australia that do not contain sulfites – considered a possible trigger for asthma attacks. The product is also the first food of any type to make the ‘Sensitive Choice’ list – an initiative of the National Asthma Council Australia – which highlights better choices for people with asthma or allergies.

With a reported 3 serves of fruit per bar and a low GI (Glycemic Index) they are likely to be well received by parents seeking healthier snack alternatives and, providing children enjoy the taste, they could representative of a new wave of healthier children’s snacks.