Food News: Milo now with 30% less added sugar

In response to the changing nutritional needs of families, after two years in development, Nestle Australia has launched a new version of Milo – Milo 30% Less Added Sugar.

Milo was originally designed as a nutritious drink for undernourished children during the Depression, delivering added vitamins and minerals in a format children enjoyed,” says Nestle General Manager, Andrew McIver. “With parents increasingly concerned about added sugar we’ve created an option that is true to the Milo heritage but delivers less added sugar.”

It has been said, to maintain the look, taste and behaviour that we’ve come to expect from the 85-year-old family favourite, Milo 30% Less Added Sugar has remained true to the original product with the same core ingredients (malt barley, milk powder and cocoa), just without the cane sugar. The cane sugar has been replaced with stevia for sweetness.

“From the beginning, our focus was on creating a product that both tastes and behaves like original Milo,” explains McIver. “That means not just keeping the same core ingredients but also making sure it looks the same, tastes great and has crunchy bits on top.”

The new Milo 30% Less Added Sugar Is now available in major supermarkets at RRP $6.99.


A word about ‘less added sugar’:

According to FSANZ for a product to make the claim ‘% less than’ or ‘reduced’ it must ‘contain at least 25 per cent less sugar than the original product’. Milo meets this claim with its new product.

A word of caution though, while there is less sugar in the new product, it still contains 3.5g added sugar per 20g serve and 17.4g added sugar per 100g.

The original Milo has 6.3g added sugar per 20g serve and 31.3g added sugar per 100g.

Remember, the target when choosing products is to aim for less than 10g added sugar per 100g where possible.

So, while Milo’s new offering fares better than the original it’s still a good idea to enjoy this as a treat.

Or if you’re an athlete who has no issue tolerating lactose or milk products this can be a recovery drink option after training.

NB: The protein content of Milo 30% Less Added Sugar is:

9.8g per 20g serve with 200ml Skim Milk and 10g per 20g serve with 200ml Reduced Fat Milk.

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