Babybel is a cheese product that comes in 21-gram snack-sized portions. A French company called ‘Le Groupe Bel’ produces it, and the above image shows how the product looks.
The cheese comes in the shape of a tiny wheel, and the original variety of Babybel is packaged in a red wax coating. Babybel is available in ‘Grab & Go’ single packs and multipacks containing six or twelve individually wrapped portions.
Over recent years, more varieties of Babybel have hit the market in various flavours and using different base cheeses. Each one attempts to differentiate itself via the varying colour of its wax coating.
Babybel contains the same ingredients as any other plain cheese: milk, salt, and microbial enzymes (a starter culture for fermentation).
Furthermore, there are no preservatives, artificial colours, flavours, or other additives.
In other words, Babybel is 100% cheese and as “real” as any other traditional cheese, and provides a good amount of protein, vitamin B12, calcium, and phosphorus.
- Offers a good source of protein, calcium, and phosphorus. As part of a good overall dietary pattern, this protein, calcium, and phosphorus content can help contribute to muscle growth and bone health.
- It comes ready-wrapped in convenient single-serve portions, making it an excellent addition to lunch boxes.
- It is real cheese and can be bought in as little quantity as one single-serving portion.
- Children enjoy the bright colours of Babybel, and unwrapping the wax coating can be a fun experience.
- Gram for gram, the cost of Babybel works out much higher than buying a regular block of cheese. If looking for the most affordable cheese, alternative options offer better value.
- Like all cheese, Babybel is unsuitable for people with milk or dairy allergies
Babybel Original has a calorie content of 70 calories, while the light variety contains 50 calories. Depending on the specific variety of Babybel, the caloric content ranges between 50 and 70 calories.
2) What cheese is Babybel made with?
The ‘original’ and ‘light’ varieties of Babybel are made with Edam cheese. However, numerous other colour-coded varieties have come onto the market in recent years, (see original article*).
3) Is Babybel pasteurized?
Yes, Babybel is produced using pasteurized cultured milk.
4) Is Babybel processed?
Yes, Babybel is a processed product, but this is no different from any other cheese. All cheese is ‘processed’ from the original ingredients of milk, salt, and microbial enzymes (starter culture). However, it is worth noting that Babybel contains no colours, flavours, or other additives.
Babybel is a nutritious cheese product that provides a good range of essential nutrients.
Like most cheese, it also tastes great and can be a fun little snack for families and younger children.
If these qualities tick your cheese requirements, then Babybel is a great choice.
On the other hand, a large block of cheese would be the better option if looking for the best-value cheese product.