We used to purchase Ovaltine all of the time because we thought that we were doing such a great thing for our kids. We had bought into the hype – hook, line, and sinker. Once we decided to start eating healthier, I began to look into the ingredients. I was very surprised by what I found! Let’s take a look at their ingredients, product claims, and actual amount of nutrients in the product.
The first thing I notice is that it says “No Artifical Flavors”. Upon reading the ingredient list, I will confirm that this claim is indeed true. It also says, “Good source of iron, zinc, and vitamins A, C, D & E.” Here is a picture of the nutrition information.
So we see here that the Ovaltine on its own only contains – 10% Vitamin A, 10% Vitamin C, 10% Vitamin D, and 10% Vitamin E. I don’t consider this to be a “good source” of these vitamins, like the product claims.
This product also states that there are no artificial sweeteners in it, which is true, however, sugar is the number 1 ingredient in this, with a total of 9 g per 2 Tbsp serving. Wow! I know my kids were using probably double that amount for each glass of chocolate milk that they were making for themselves.
This also contains Carageenan, which has been linked to cancer, as well as Soy Lecithin, which is more than likely genetically modified (since it does not say GMO free soy lecithin).
A great tasting and completely GMO free & vegan alternative to Ovaltine is Plant Fusion in Chocolate. Not only is it plant based protein (hence making it dairy free), it also soy free, gluten free, and hypoallergenic. My kids love this, and I love the fact that I’m giving them something TRULY healthy, and loaded with good for them plant based protein. You can purchase Plant Fusion from Amazon & Vitacost online, and some health stores probably carry it as well.