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Fusedog Fri 28-Mar-14 15:16:49

I was at baby gym toady and supermarket bills came up and we were all moaning about how much our shopping is ECt I was especially bemoaning the price of fruit and veg and one of the mums who has 4 children said

well I don't buy any fruit and veg so I wouldn't no I said you mean fresh fruit she said no Fresh or frozen I just have ready meal or oven stuff we have a TV dinner on a Sunday I just buy 6 one for every one*one confused

I went quite when I can home I told. Dh and he said people do eat like this

Can this really be true no fruit and veg AT all won't you get skervey

I no there are people who eat a lot of oven food chicken nuggets ECt but this can't be true surely especially with children in the home

mrscumberbatch Fri 28-Mar-14 15:19:09

Well clearly it does happen otherwise there wouldn't be so many healthy eating initiatives etc.

thecatneuterer Fri 28-Mar-14 15:21:03

It seems remarkable but I imagine it happens. But you only need minute quantities of vitamin C to avoid scurvy. So even a MacDonalds apple turnover once a month would probably do it. Or the small amounts contained in the ready meals. You really, really have to go some to get scurvy. It doesn't mean it's a healthy diet of course though.

Fusedog Fri 28-Mar-14 15:21:23

But don't you get Scurvy if you have no fruit and veg at all

And what was she feeding her 2 year old then isn't that pretty much what toddlers eat along with cheese

SummerRain Fri 28-Mar-14 15:22:38

I know a family like this, bizarrely the mother is vegetarian but the kids eat no fruit or veg at all and no dairy (milk or yogurts, I think they eat cheese but I'm not sure)

And this is a naice family, she cooks every night but the kids just aren't given fruit, veg or dairy as 'they won't eat it

Fusedog Fri 28-Mar-14 15:22:55

poster thecatneuterer

Thanks for clearing that up but it really is just astonishing yo me me that people eat no fruit and veg at all especially of you have kids

Children love strawberries ,ECt don't they ?

Fusedog Fri 28-Mar-14 15:24:49

poster SummerRain so what dose she cook
The lady at baby gym buys chicken nuggets and frozen food I just feel very bemused buy it

blanchedeveraux Fri 28-Mar-14 15:25:23

I work with vulnerable children. Trust me, some of them would KILL for a diet like that.

I know people who have no cooking facilities and send their DCs for a £1 bag of chips for their tea every single evening. The children don't get fed at home, they rely on the school (breakfast club, free school meals) to provide them with nutrition. Some go to school on Monday morning having had little or nothing to eat all weekend. I dread the school holidays on their behalf, it's heartbreaking.

HighwayRat Fri 28-Mar-14 15:26:00

we basically only buy frozen veg, its actually fresher than fresh

thecatneuterer Fri 28-Mar-14 15:26:17

Fusedog as I said the amount of vitamin C need to ward of scurvy is tiny. There will be enough in the very occasional ready meal for that. After all there is normally some sort of tomato or onion ingredient in ready meals. Just because they're not getting scurvy doesn't make it OK of course though.

thecatneuterer Fri 28-Mar-14 15:26:46

oop, x post.

Buckteethjeff Fri 28-Mar-14 15:29:22

It does happen but please don't be so judgey. The price of fresh fruit or veg from our local stores co-op and tesco are scandalous.

I've complained about it in store. It's cheaper to buy ready meals than buy fresh in. A steak pie from farm food £1 to make it from scratch your looking at £5 at the cheapest.

Bag of frozen chips £1 but a bag of potatoes £2.15. £1.75 fir a fuckng broccoli head!!! Gives me the fucking rage!!!!!!

Luckily for us we have a car and can travel to a cheap market where we buy our fresh veg/fruit a hell of a lot cheaper. Fish and meat too.

If we didn't have a car we would be fucked. This government wants to sort it's shit out and stop letting these bastards charge these prices and stop squawking about rise in obesity !

op you are very lucky you don't have to worry about food, it's not the case for every one else.

Take your judgey pants of please !

CoffeeTea103 Fri 28-Mar-14 15:29:47

You seem to be very sheltered. Are you generally shocked by this? There are many people who cannot to afford to eat fruits and veg, what do you say to that?

Fusedog Fri 28-Mar-14 15:36:36

poster Buckteethjeff

Sorry but you have no idea what my income is we spend £60 a week on shopping for 4 people one baby and one teen including nappies and it's not £5 to make a pie

Pastry tesco flour and butter
Most people have butter and flour in there stores
You only need a small amount of chicken loads or mushrooms which are dirt cheap and and a tin of condensed chicken soup

I can make a large pie for £3 and had enough leftovers of baby's lunch and mine the next day.

Every one in London which is were I live has a black or Asian population and the ethnic supermarkets sell 1kg or potatoes for £1.20

We don't live in the sticks and you can't move for asda or a morrisons there are 3 markets in our area all of which have a fruit and veg stalls oh and the markets are 3 times a week

WorraLiberty Fri 28-Mar-14 15:37:20

I never touched veg as a kid even though I love it now...always loved fruit though.

Surely you can't be that shocked by what she told you OP?

Fusedog Fri 28-Mar-14 15:40:07

Oh and btw the lady in question spends £145 a week on shopping there are 6 of them I spend 60-70 for 4 people

That's why I can't understand she spends all that money on

WorraLiberty Fri 28-Mar-14 15:41:27

Then don't try to understand it, I'm sure she doesn't care confused

For all you know, her kids might drink juice/smoothies and take vitimins.

Buckteethjeff Fri 28-Mar-14 15:42:17

In fact your assumption that all kids love strawberrys pisses me off tbh.

Strawberrys are a fuckng luxury where i was brought up. If your count g pennies to buy a loaf, you not going to be thinking "ooooh should I get some strawberrys instead....maybe tesco finest! May even treat myself to Madagascan vanilla infused cream to go with it!!!! hmm

Fusedog Fri 28-Mar-14 15:42:45

Well yes

Isn't veg pretty much the 3rd component to any meal

And I really can't understand fruit I never met a child who didn't like fruit

WorraLiberty Fri 28-Mar-14 15:43:12

The price of strawberries is a piss take, even in season.

blanchedeveraux Fri 28-Mar-14 15:43:29

My DCs hate strawberries.

Fusedog Fri 28-Mar-14 15:44:32

poster Buckteethjeff for the last time this is not about poverty the woman is not hard pressed she just simply doesn't buy fruit and veg

WorraLiberty Fri 28-Mar-14 15:45:55

Her kids are still alive and scurvy free though, yes?

CoffeeTea103 Fri 28-Mar-14 15:46:09

Seriously find something important to be shocked about. What she spends and feeds her family has nothing to do with you.

rocknrollchicken Fri 28-Mar-14 15:47:25

£1.75 for a head of broccoli???!!!! They are 50p in Asda

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