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Y'know I had a really good look at those Lunchable things advertised incessantly on MN and guess what????

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moondog Sun 29-Apr-07 15:07:55

They look about a million times worse than I could have ever imagined in my wildest dreams.
I'm afraid I've changed my mind.You people that run the show here should be ashamed of yourselves.

They are absolute SHIT I tell you.

Nbg Sun 29-Apr-07 20:19:26

Oh god I need white bread toast now.

Would it be soooo bad to leave the kids in bed while I nip next door for a loaf?????

SoupDragon Sun 29-Apr-07 20:17:32

(white sliced bread, toasted and covered with melting butter... drool)

gemmiegoatlegs Sun 29-Apr-07 20:12:56

gosh, I'm suddenly being a white bread attacker????!!! I LOVE white bread me! Wholemeal actually gives me goosebumps, but it IS nutritionally superiour.

I was just wondering which kind of ham sandwich the lunchable was comparable to.

nappyaddict Sun 29-Apr-07 20:12:04

i try and buy ham that has no added water and is a high percentage of pork.

SueW Sun 29-Apr-07 20:08:32

We do cure our own bacon from time to time (thanks to the River Cottage Family Cook Book).

It's much saltier IMO than shop-bought. DD loves it <sigh>

SoupDragon Sun 29-Apr-07 20:08:20

gemmiegoatlegs, that sandwich would be just as packed with salt and saturated fat as the Lunchables.

I'm not a lunchables fan BTW, I just think you're realy getting het up about nothing. There are far worse things to feed your child (things packed with chemical colourings, falvourings and sweeteners for example)

gess Sun 29-Apr-07 20:06:32

oh good god.

speccy Sun 29-Apr-07 20:06:02

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NKF Sun 29-Apr-07 20:06:01

I find the nutritionist's comments funny though Talk about qualifying every sentence.

WideWebWitch Sun 29-Apr-07 20:05:14

I agree, total crap and nothing on earth would induce me to buy this or feed it to my children

FioFio Sun 29-Apr-07 20:04:37

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gemmiegoatlegs Sun 29-Apr-07 20:03:53

i'm baffled at the concept of a homemade ham and cheese sandwich. If I was going to give dcs ham and cheese sandwiches, it would be thick sliced oak smoked ham. Chunks of cathedral city and (gasp) maybe even a salad portion.

It would not be a floppy cheese slice and some reconstituted meat thing on white bread.

If you want to eat crap or let dcs eat it occassionally, that's fine...everything in moderation , I say. But dressing these snack pack things up as equivalent to proper food is heinous. MN is not so representative of RL IMO. Many mums and dads do not read the packets, question the advertising etc.

FioFio Sun 29-Apr-07 20:02:48

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SoupDragon Sun 29-Apr-07 20:02:37

"Making ham at home...

Ham is made by soaking a piece of pork in a salt brine for a period of time...."

Try making low/no added salt ham!!

SoupDragon Sun 29-Apr-07 20:01:25

Usually I hand-slaughter my own organically reared pig and cure the ham myself

Quite frankly, I think you're all making a mountain out of a molehill. I bet the ham is no worse than the ham 90% of people buy for their children's sandwiches and is far healthier than the sugar sandwiches I was sent to primary school with on occasion!! There is no way an ad on the homepage of Mumsnet will make people think "oooh, must feed my child that" given the discussions in the Talk section. They make their decisions based mainly on the displays in supermarkets and and pester power coming from TV advertising.

nappyaddict Sun 29-Apr-07 19:55:25

i did think it was a bit bad that MN were advertising these to be honest ... but if it brings money in and lets us use the site then maybe its not so bad?

Nbg Sun 29-Apr-07 19:55:22


dont people buy ham joints and slice it themselves?

SoupDragon Sun 29-Apr-07 19:53:15

Nbg, how many people buy ham that's not that sliced sandwich ham? And anyway, you're talking rubbish because the ingredients on my Tescos Finest Carved By Angels ham begins "British Pork, Salt..."

Moomin Sun 29-Apr-07 19:08:36

I feel for MN too, but Justine did say in a thread about this subject last week that they had thought long and hard about allowing it and were still open to opinions and comments. So I've made my opinions known... I'm not saying that it's child abuse to give kids junk and all that caper, and if you choose to let your kids have something like this every now and then (or even every day for that matter) then that's up to you but I do think it's irresponsible to allow consumers (or "Mums!" as the TV advert for this product addresses us) to think this stuff is in any way healthy. If you know it's shit and you still want to give it to your kids, than that's your look-out and your choice. But many people won't realise how shit it actually is and will have been tricked by the fairly sophisicated advertising ploys into thinking it's actually ok.

I don't consider myself stupid; in fact I'll be brave and say I know I'm not stupid, but I can be naive and I have been ignorant to things like this in the past. When I first had dd1 I genuinely remember walking past all the nuggets and giblets in the supermarket and thinking "oo I'll be having to buy all that soon for dd" even though I wouldn't have dreamt of buying stuiff like that for myself!!! How mad's that??!! Soon after I discovered mumsnet and then I discovered there was a perfectly sane way of feeding your children with <drumroll>... the food you eat yourself, cooked from scratch (as I'd always done) and balanced with the occasional treat. I'm embarrassed to think how naive I was back then. But if I'd seen a diarylea ad on MN at that time I really wouldn't have thought there was anything wrong with them to give my kids on a regular basis.

Nbg Sun 29-Apr-07 18:51:55

Theres a massive difference in fresh cut off the joint ham and mechanically made ham.

Mechanically made ham has salt put in it.
The salt in fresh meat is natural salt.

wheresthehamster Sun 29-Apr-07 18:50:00

The ad is clever in a way because Jane Griffin actually says "Lunchables....along with fruit/veg and a drink make a balanced lunch and a convenient alternative to a sandwich every now and again" whereas the headline implies it's a suitable alternative full stop.

The thought of them makes me shudder.

SoupDragon Sun 29-Apr-07 18:46:34

The ham I have (and it's Tesco's finest hand carved by angels ham) has 1g of salt per slice.

SoupDragon Sun 29-Apr-07 18:44:57

How much salt and saturated fat is in a home made ham and cheese sandwich though?

kiskidee Sun 29-Apr-07 17:50:39

but it comes in such lovely packaging moony!

speccy Sun 29-Apr-07 17:27:26

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