Plant Based Babybel {Review by Dietitian}

There is no secret that plant based food helps prevent and slow the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) AND type 2 diabetes. 

Today, you can find the growing popularity of plant-based dairy products. It becomes more important now for CKD and diabetes patients to have plant-based alternatives and options when it comes to dairy.

With SO MANY OPTIONS out there, I am here to review this plant-based babybel cheese product that EVERYONE (including kids) love and adore. 

I’ve tested this product, review the nutrient content, and come up with snack ideas that can help you adding healthy dairy alternative in your renal and diabetic diet. (My pleasure!)

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  • PROS: Easy To Eat Snack, 0g Added Sugar, 0g Potassium
  • CONS: Expensive, Not Easy to Find, Doesn’t Melt

Is Plant Based Good For Your Kidneys?

Plant based is considered healthy for renal diet and people with diabetes for several reasons. Starting with lower protein content on plant based help reduce the strains on the kidney. 

Plant based has more alkaline nature. It potentially reducing the acid load on the kidneys and promoting a healthier pH balance on kidneys.

Plant based has shown to regulate insulin better. This means helping control your blood sugar and reducing the risk of kidney complications.

Plant Based Babybel Nutrition Facts

According to the label, this plant-based babybel has 150mg Sodium (this is moderate sodium, not low), 5g total Carbohydrate (this is low), keep scrolling down

0g Protein (not a good source of protein)

150mg Calcium (pretty good source of calcium)

0mg Potassium (yay!! No potassium!)

0.3mcg Vitamin B12 (good vitamin B12 source for vegetarians)

Ingredients: Straight quoted from the box, this babybel made out of “Water, Modified Food Starch, Coconut Oil, Calcium Citrate, No More Than 2% Of Each: Salt, Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Beta-carotene (Color), Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12).” 

As you can see above, these ingredients have no added phosphorus and 0g potassium, making this plant based babybel a good dairy alternative for renal diet. Check out my low phosphorus shopping list for FREE guide.

Taste and Price (4 out of 5)

If you ever tasted a white havarti cheese, this plant-based babybel tastes very similar to it. It has mild flavor, slightly acidic, with a slight buttery taste and somewhat very sweet finish. 

Keep in mind that other reviewers from Amazon had different tastes than my palate and might have different opinions.

These little bite sized snacks pricing is moderate. I listed a few price list from different websites and stores that you can buy.

Pricing below are per bag of 4.23oz (120g) (6 pieces on each box)

  • Amazon: $5.29
  • Instacart: $5.59
  • Fresh Direct: $4.99
  • Target: $4.49

What goes well with plant based babybel?

Treat them like crackers and cheese or as healthy snacks.

For that extra crunch well balanced snacks, you can pair them with an apple, small mandarin, a cup of fresh berries, a handful of unsalted pretzels, some celery stalks or baby carrots and some raw veggies like sliced paprika, raw broccoli or raw cauliflower, snap peas, cucumbers or even olives.

The Verdict

In conclusion, I would recommend plant based babybel as a kidney friendly snack. Of Course as everything else, moderation is key ALWAYS. 

It’s important to note that while plant-based diets can offer benefits for kidney health, individual dietary needs may vary. 

If you have existing kidney issues or specific health concerns, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian for personalized advice and guidance.

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