Parents everywhere have been sharing images and comments regarding strict nutrition guidelines nurseries and pre-schools have been giving them.
One mum in Australia shared an image of how her daughter’s childcare facility detailed the nutrition information for parents.
The mother wrote: “This is the guideline for my daughter’s pre-school on what we can and cannot pack.
“Just wondering if anyone can suggest some things that might be suitable that I can look into for school food?
“I always thought I packed a fairly healthy lunchbox, but it seems I may have been wrong.”
She went on to say that she thought the lunches consisting of a sandwich or wrap followed by yoghurt or pretzels was fine.
“Pretzels obviously do have too much salt; even popcorn has too much salt,” she explained.
“And the yoghurt I was using (haven’t checked others) has too much sugar.
“I was shocked that sultanas have almost too much sugar.”
The chart given to the mum is very specific with the amounts of sugar, fat, salt and saturated fat that can be included in the packed lunch.
A lot of parents were angered by the chart.
“It’s not like you’re sending chocolate and only chocolate. It’s just getting ridiculous,” wrote one.
Another parent said: “The only people that should be giving you info like this is a dietitian, doctor, paediatrician that you are SEEING because they are concerned.
“OMG! My kids eat well so I don’t have a need to be defensive but this is just ridiculous.”
Other parents agreed with the guidelines saying that a lot of parents don’t realise the amount of sugar and fat included in the packaged foods.
“That’s actually a good guide that the school has provided, we should be aiming to minimise the food we eat that falls outside of those parameters,” they wrote.
“I think this is great to help educate and encourage people to look at the back of packets.
“My mum would buy things for my daughter to eat thinking they were healthy without realising they were full of sugar or sodium.”
Do you think we need strict guidelines on nutrition for packed lunches? Let us know in your comments!