Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Nairn’s Astro Bites 40% Less Sugar Review

Nairns astro bites biscuitsAstro Bites are the latest arrival from Oat Biscuit makers, Nairn’s. Aimed at the children’s market, Astro Bites are mini biscuits made from wholegrain oats and flavoured with cranberries and raisins. Their main selling point is that they contain 40% less sugar than the average children’s biscuit.

Although they’re aimed at the kids market, I think they’re perfectly suited for adults too, especially since each biscuit has only 10 calories!

OK, so they are tiny, but they’re portion controlled as they come in a 23g bag with each pack worth 104 calories.

This means they’re useful for keeping as a handy snack at work, or to take with you when you have a snack attack. Because there are 10 biscuits in each bag, you can have a few a leave the rest for later! Well, that’s what I do when I'm feeling stronger willed.

Nairns astro bites biscuits

What the box says:
‘A healthier way to fuel kids through the day. Made with wholegrain oats, fruit pieces and with less sugar than the average children’s biscuit, each mini bag will provide the perfect playground snack to sustain your children for the day ahead.’
The biscuits themselves are shaped into different space type objects. For example, a UFO, A shooting star, a rocket and a planet which looks a bit like Saturn. Cute as they are, I was more concerned with how they tasted.

Nairns astro bites biscuitsNairns astro bites biscuits

Actually, they’re quite similar to the Mixed Berries Nairn’s Oatcakes reviewed earlier. I don’t usually like dried fruit in biscuits. However, the fruit in these isn't too intrusive and it provides a fruity chewiness as a contrast to the crunchiness from the biscuit.

Nairn’s Astro Bites have 17.4g of sugar per 100g and 4g per bag. This is around 1 teaspoon of sugar per bag. Not bad considering that 17.4g is in the ‘High’ category for sugar.

I was interested to see whether they really do have 40% less sugar than regular kids biscuits. So I checked out a few popular brands to see whether their claim is true.

Nairns astro bites biscuits

Here are a few other popular mini biscuits:

per 100g
Nairn’s Astro Bites
Tesco Mini Malted Milk Biscuits
Mcvities Mini Milk Chocolate Digestives
Little Treats Co 20 Gingerbread Mini Biscuit
Mcvities Mini Gingerbread Men
Maryland Mini Choc Chips Biscuits
BN Mini Chocolate Biscuits
Oreo Mini Chocolate Sandwich Biscuits

As you can see from the table above, Nairn's claim is pretty accurate.

Since my review, I’ve given these to my children as snacks to take to school. They’re both very happy to eat these and did like their taste and crunch. However, they’d be just as happy with pretty much any other type of sweet biscuit as well!

Nairn's Astro Bites biscuits

No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

Nutrition information per 23g bag: 104 calories, 1.3g protein, 14.5g carbs, 4.0g sugars, 3.9g fat, 1.7g saturates, 1.4g fibre, 0.21g salt.

Ingredients: Wholegrain Oats (59%), Sustainable Palm Fruit Oil, Rice Crunchies (11%), Demerara Sugar, Currants (5%), Cranberries (3%), Partially Inverted Syrup, Tapioca Starch, Raising Agents (Ammonium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Natural Flavouring, Sea Salt, Rice Crunchies contain: Rice Flour, Sugar, Malted Barley Flour, Barley Malt Extract, Salt, Sunflower Oil, Emulsifiers (Glycerol Monostearate, Sunflower Lecithin), Stabiliser: Calcium Carbonate, Currants contain: Currants, Sunflower Oil, Cranberries contain: Cranberries, Sugar, Sunflower Oil
Suitable for Vegetarians.

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