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Is 1g of salt a lot in a childs meal?

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oliveoil Tue 16-Aug-05 13:03:44

I got a chicken nuggets and chips from M&S at lunch and the pack says 1g. I am sure adults are advised 6g?

Seems a lot.

foxinsocks Tue 16-Aug-05 13:08:14

is that per 100g? if so, I don't think it's that bad

cornflakes (kellogs) have 2.4g salt per 100g

(practising your label reading?!!)

flashingnose Tue 16-Aug-05 13:11:40

Does seem a lot if for the whole meal - see here for guidelines

elliott Tue 16-Aug-05 13:13:40

flashingnose, you beat me to it!
Ok for adults I woudl think but a lot for a child (one third total intake for the day).

oliveoil Tue 16-Aug-05 13:15:07

Flashingnose - she is nearly 3 so it recs 2g on that site, half her intake!!!! .

It is only a one of as I haven't had time to make my own this weekend (ill dh). Glad I don't rely on these things.

foxinsocks Tue 16-Aug-05 13:16:37

processed food almost always has loads of salt

QueenOfQuotes Tue 16-Aug-05 13:17:18

are you sure it was for the whole meal and not per 100g???

Just thinking about it 1g of salt is quite a lot (get your kitchen scales out LOL) and it would probably have made the food taste very salty...

oliveoil Tue 16-Aug-05 13:19:15

Says whole meal I think, I will go to the fridge and check.

oliveoil Tue 16-Aug-05 13:21:11

per 100g is 0.5g, 200g pack, so it is 1g.

Might have to shove a lot of brocolli in as well!

Or I may serve half a portion, yes think I will.

foxinsocks Tue 16-Aug-05 13:22:29

actually, the new kellogs cornflakes have less salt it seems - our new pack says 0.7g sodium per 100g which makes about 1.8g salt per 100g

foxinsocks Tue 16-Aug-05 13:23:41

I wouldn't worry about it if it is just a one off.

If she's having one every day then that's a different story!

Chandra Tue 16-Aug-05 13:25:46

I would say that the added salt may be concentrated in the chips

Chandra Tue 16-Aug-05 13:29:30

BTW In Mexico a traditional snack is having citrics with salt, I remember those long days of summer spent with half a lime in one hand and a salt shacker in the other one, and nothing ever happened to us. Why do I worry so much about the guidelines now? I wonder...

Chandra Tue 16-Aug-05 13:30:33

Now that I think about it, all the parents were more worried about the effect of lime on the teeth rather than the salt content...

oliveoil Tue 16-Aug-05 13:35:57

You are right you know. I was studying cereal packets yesterday, dd1 has gone off Weetabix, and getting all harrumphy about the sugar contents. Then recalled me and my brother and sister wolfing down Sugar Puffs etc when we were little and we turned out ok!

florenceuk Tue 16-Aug-05 20:13:50

One of my mum's snacks was lemon slices - peeled and covered in salt. Ditto the seedy bits from cucumbers, also covered in salt. Pineapple chunks, soaked in salty water....

As a result I am a salt addict.

oliveoil Wed 17-Aug-05 10:51:58

This meal was shite . £1.69 and crap. Thin chips and I didn't even serve the nuggets they were that revolting, they had a pocket of air in the middle and the chicken, blurrghhhh. McDonalds are better.

So, saved her her 1g of salt!

Back to making my own then.

foxinsocks Wed 17-Aug-05 10:59:31

oh dear - I took the kids bowling last week and decided (rather stupidly - have never been bowling before so I put this down to being a novice) to eat lunch at the on site Wimpy. I don't know what was in their chicken nuggets but it made McDonalds look like haute cuisine. They were so foul, they even smelt funny and I could see blobs of gelatine (or something else aarrghh) in the middle. First and last time I ever eat at Wimpy (was convinced we'd all come down with food poisoning afterwards).

I find the best of those M&S kids meals are the vegetable pasta type ones (ds loves the cheese and tomato ravioli).

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