Your are what you eat

19:57, Aug 20 2012

After an absence of more than two decades and on the back of a Facebook crusade, Griffin's Choco-ade biscuits are back.

The 'orangey, chocky bikkies from the 80s' even return with a retro wrapper, featuring chocolate brown diagonal stripes that remind me of wallpaper from my youth.

I didn't recall this product but plenty of people I have spoken to do and these biscuits were eaten as voraciously as any my teenagers lay their hands on.

I purchased a packet for $2.99 on special, which contained 12 biscuits weighing 17 grams each.

The ingredient list is fairly standard for a basic biscuit, with sugar listed as the first ingredient, ie. the ingredient there is the most of by weight. Wheat flour comes second, followed by vegetable fats and glucose syrup (more sugar).

In decreasing quantities are milksolids (contributing some protein), apple pulp, cocoa powder, invert syrup (more sugar), thickeners (1442 pectin), salt, emulsifier (soy lecithin), acidity regulator (citric acid), flavours, raising agent (baking soda), colours (160c, 160b), antioxidant (300).

One third (32 per cent) of the product is the chocolate icing and 20 per cent is orange-flavoured filling, making these biscuits a very sweet treat.

Looking at the nutrition information panel, it is not surprising to see that Choco- ade biscuits are nearly half (48.3 per cent) sugar. They contain 18.5 per cent fat, with most of that (14.6 per cent) being saturated fat. There is no fibre listed.

My recommendation: Griffin's Choco-ade biscuits are high in sugar and fat and likely to be low in fibre. Their high content of refined carbohydrate means that they are likely to provide a sugar hit, but not sustained energy or satiety (the feeling of fullness). Snack on wholegrain breads or crackers with low-fat fillings/spreads, fruits and vegetables or a small handful of nuts and seeds. Products such as Choco-ade should be eaten only occasionally. Prepared by Sara Knowles, a NZ registered dietitian.


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