Finding snacks in the shops which are low in sugar AND low in salt can be really difficult, which is why at Tutto Bene we have created products with no added sugar AND no added salt. And we haven’t added sweeteners or other salts to make the flavour, we have used natural ingredients like purple carrot and pumpkin.
When babies are weaned they have a natural preference for sweet flavours and need to be encouraged to try savoury tastes to reduce their sweet tooth. The NHS advice is to avoid sweet foods and drinks to help little ones develop healthy eating habits which will in turn help them reduce their risk of tooth decay, obesity, heart disease and diabetes. We want the best for our children so we are here to help provide an alternative snack.
Most of us would recognise the concept of a sweet tooth but would you say the same for salt? In fact, we can develop a taste for salt too. Little children shouldn’t have too much salt because their kidneys can’t cope with it but also if they can have less salt as a child, they won’t crave it as much as an adult. Too much salt later on can lead to high blood pressure. The maximum recommended amount for 1-3 year olds is just 2g and 3g for 4-6 year olds (a lot less than the adult maximum amount of 6g). The school food standards aim to reduce our children’s salt intake so we think products outside schools should do the same. At Tutto Bene you are safe in the knowledge that our products have no added salt.
And that’s not just our rule for snacks, across our range you won’t find added salt or added sugar. We think flavour is about knowing your ingredients rather than adding the white stuff.
We use a range of wonderful ingredients. We thought we would introduce them to you with a few fun facts to share with your children, just click on the list below:
- Pumpkins are not just for carving faces in at Halloween, they are actually really yummy.
- Pumpkins get their colour from carotenoids which our body converts to vitamin A.
- The vitamin A in pumpkins can help keep your immune system healthy and contributes to the maintenance of normal vision.
- You can use pumpkin in baking instead of eggs and oil.
- Broccoli is from the same plant family as cauliflower and cabbage.
- Broccoli has lots of vitamins and minerals in it including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron and calcium.
- The vitamin K in broccoli helps blood clot so it is good for helping wounds heal.
- The head of the broccoli is made up of lots of little flower buds which will turn yellow if your broccoli is left.
- Purple carrots were the original carrot colour.
- You can make musical instruments out of carrots if you hollow them out.
- Purple carrots are thought to have been around since before the 900s and were grown in Asia.
- Purple carrots contain beta carotene, fibre, and vitamin C.
- Peas grow in little pods. If you harvest the pods early you can eat the pods too – they are called mangetout.
- Peas contain lots of vitamins and minerals including vitamin B1 and manganese.
- Manganese contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism, maintenance of normal bones, normal formation of connective tissue, and the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
- 50g peas contain as much protein as 100ml milk.
- Chickpeas grow in pods like peas.
- Chickpeas are the main ingredient of homous.
- Chickpeas are a plant source of protein.
- Chickpeas are a good source of fibre 4.3g per 100g. In general people in the UK need to eat more fibre. The recommendation is that 2-5 year olds need about 15g, 5-11 year olds about 20g, and 11-16 year olds about 25g and over 16s and adults need at least 30g fibre per day. Currently adults are eating more like 18g a day.
- Lentils are part of the legume family like peas
- Lentils are an source of protein which helps children grow
- Lentils contain more fibre than meat and fish
- Lentils are a good vegetarian source of iron needed to produce red blood cells
- Rice grows in fields of water called paddy fields.
- Over half the world’s population eat rice as their staple food.
- There are estimated to be over 40000 varieties of rice.
- Rice contains carbohydrates which we need for energy as well as other vitamins and minerals.
- The riboflavin in rice is used to keep your skin, eyes and nervous system healthy.
- Quinoa is known as an ancient grain. It was originally found in South America.
- Quinoa is one of only a few plant sources of protein which contain all the amino acids.
- Quinoa is naturally gluten free.
- Quinoa contains iron, magnesium and phosphorus and fibre so it is a great alternative to white rice.