Australian business Fodbods has expanded its product line and launched a new gut-friendly and allergy-free snack range for kids – Fodbods Buddies.
The 30g Fodbods Buddies bars, which are available in two flavours – Lamington and Strawberry Shortcake – are made from 100 per cent natural plant-based ingredients, including organic buckwheat, organic coconut, vegan chocolate and dried strawberries.
Fodbods’ creator Vanessa Hutchinson said many parents struggle to find healthy snacks for their kids, let alone ones that don’t upset sensitive stomachs.
Roughly one in five Australians suffer unpleasant symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), including children who are often more difficult to diagnose and treat.
“There’s a big gap in the market – there are currently next to no snacks for kids with food sensitivities,” said Hutchinson.
“Of the few convenience snack options which claim to be healthy none are actually FODMAP friendly.
Around one in 20 kids also have food allergies with common triggers being eggs, cow’s milk, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame and wheat.
“Many kids snack bars have nuts or dairy so they’re not lunchbox friendly for allergy sufferers.
“Additionally, many snacks also contain artificial ingredients and huge amounts of sugar often disguised as dates. Buddies have less than 5g of sugar that comes mostly from organic rice malt syrup. All in all, we’ve worked hard to create something unique with just the right combination of ingredients to suit every kind of food sensitivity.”
Fodbods already has a successful line of protein bars which are the only certified FODMAP-friendly bars in Australia.
Flavours include Peanut Choc Chunk, Choc Mint, Lemon Coconut, Raspberry Coconut and Banana Peanut Butter. The bars were devised by IBS sufferer Hutchinson who was frustrated at the lack of gut-friendly snack options on the market.
Since launching at the end of 2019, Fodbods has grown substantially. The bars are now sold in over 300 locations around Australia and NZ and sport thousands of loyal customers. The brand has also just launched their online UK store.
Fodbods Buddies retail at $3.65 per 30g bar and are available from health food stores, David Jones, SPAR, selected IGAS and online at www.fodbods.com