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crumpets without the junk?

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vannah Thu 17-Jul-08 20:40:03

DS (nearly 3) saw me eating a crumpet and decided to try some, now loves them and asks for them every day.
Feel guilty giving them to him as I select his bread carefully. Trying to avoid the loaves with E's and preservatives etc.

We dont eat a totally organic diet, but I do try to cut out the preservatives/chemicals wherever possible

anyone know where I can get some junk free crumpets from? Sainsbury's are no good..


prettycupcake Thu 17-Jul-08 20:40:49

Oh stop it.
Just give him a crumpet..

giraffeski Thu 17-Jul-08 20:42:08

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PortAndLemon Thu 17-Jul-08 20:43:52

Make them yourself?

EffiePerine Thu 17-Jul-08 20:44:37

what's so bad about crumpets?

you could try making your own but it is a faff and you get loads

PortAndLemon Thu 17-Jul-08 20:44:51

According to Delia it should be strong flour

AbbeyA Thu 17-Jul-08 20:51:37

I have never looked to see what is in crumpets but if they are so bad why are you eating them? I should make your own.

vannah Thu 17-Jul-08 21:12:12

sadly I eat all sorts of junk. I just try to be careful with the little ones.
Occasional crumpets, ok. But everyday with lunch and dinner...cant remember the E numbers on the back- threw pack away.
Thanks for the recipe links, will look up now...

OverMyDeadBody Fri 18-Jul-08 14:43:32

oh jeeez

just because sometihng is labelled with an E number doesn't mean it's bad you know.

talilac Fri 18-Jul-08 14:53:09

Some bakery goods do have a disturbingly chemical ingredients list.

But I'd agree not all e numbers are bad. Some are references to things you need in food that would sound okay except for the e number.

Salt content does worry me though when it comes to what I give the baby.

OverMyDeadBody Fri 18-Jul-08 14:53:13

Tesco crumpets:

Wheat Flour, Water, Dextrose, Vinegar, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Disodium Diphosphate), Salt, Yeast, Acidity Regulator (Glucono-Delta-Lactone), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate).

Doesn't look harmful to me. Just because an ingredient has a long chemical sounding name doesn't actually mean it';s going to do any harm you know.

GDL is a naturally occuring food aditive. Nothing wrong with raising agents, and nothing wrong with Potassium Sorbate.

OverMyDeadBody Fri 18-Jul-08 14:54:09

but vannah's talking about a three year old!! His kidneys are developed enough to cope with a little salt.

OverMyDeadBody Fri 18-Jul-08 14:57:13

and Dextrose is just a form of glucose (sugar).

MrsBadger Fri 18-Jul-08 14:59:24

and the raising agents are the same as you'd use if you made them yourself

just buy organic ones if you can't bring yourself to buy own brand

and remember in a years' time he'll be at school and going to birthday parties hooching with sausage rolls and party rings

WigWamBam Fri 18-Jul-08 15:05:48

Nothing wrong with crumpets.

Nothing wrong with some of the E-numbers either.

If E-numbers concern you so greatly, get clued up as to the ones to avoid and the ones which are harmless. Otherwise you'll be avoiding more than you'll be eating.

As an aside, you do know that he will want to eat whatever you're eating, don't you? He won't understand why you can eat crumpets if they're so bad for him ...

beforesunrise Fri 18-Jul-08 15:11:07

i think you are slightly overreacting. we are talking about crumpets-how toxic can they be?

moreover, if he is anything like my dd, he will be eating crumpets for breakfast, lunch and dinner for, i don't know, a week? two at most? and then he'll get bored and won't touch them again. and move on to something else.

personally i would chill out and relax about it. sounds to me like you give your ds a very healthy diet overall!

talilac Fri 18-Jul-08 15:49:36

I do however support careful reading of ingredient lists, because some manufacturers do sneak some unpleasant stuff into food.

I don't mean the raising agents, preservatives, etc that are both useful and harmless.

I mean artificial sweeteners, colourings, hydrogenated vegetable oils, hidden sugars, too much salt etc.

Plus theres the ethical stuff - palm oil for example is in loads of different foodstuffs, and is causing massive deforestation as land is cleared to grow palm.

I don't think there is any real way of getting it right beyond deciding what you are comfortable with and reading labels.

this is good info re e numbers

OverMyDeadBody Fri 18-Jul-08 16:20:55

I also advocate reading labels, but also getting clued up on what all the ingredients mean, as wigwambam said.

I have known people, for example, who over-react upon finding ascorbic acid listed as an ingredient <snort>

TheMadHouse Fri 18-Jul-08 16:23:51

What I find worse is the hypocracy of I can eat it but you cant, what sort of message is that giving to your child.

I believe in all things in moeration.

CantSleepWontSleep Fri 18-Jul-08 16:26:49

Yum yum - haven't had a crumpet in ages.

Salt would be my only concern really - most crumpets contain around 1g of salt iirc, and the limit for a 3 yo is 2g per day, so that's not a lot of crumpets!

foxymolly Fri 18-Jul-08 16:30:20

Whats ascorbic acid?

I do try to read the ingrediants lists but TBH they are so complicated I give up and have to just trust my judgement. I give dd normal white bread for her toast, I thought LO'S were meant to have normal bread, am I wrong?

talilac Fri 18-Jul-08 16:35:38

Vitamin C.

AbbeyA Fri 18-Jul-08 17:17:25

I think that a family should eat the same foods,different diets give the wrong message.I agree with TheMadHouse-everything in moderation. An occasional crumpet is not going to hurt-if you believe that it is then you shouldn't be eating it yourself.

OverMyDeadBody Fri 18-Jul-08 20:51:48

foxy normal white bread is fine for a LO, you are right, they don't need the same amount of fibre in their diets as adults.

Also, if you don't recognise something in the label, try googling it, I have found out a lot this way and often you will get to really helpful sites with lots of useful info.

Moderation is key.

Jajas Fri 18-Jul-08 20:55:32

I love that he has his bread 'carefully selected for him' grin! Sorry I'm only gently pulling your leg. I'd give him a crumpet, one a day and I bet by the end of the month he will just go off them and you will be stuck with 6 packets of them in the freezer!

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