Chewsday Review- Jamie Oliver's Brilliant Fish Fillet Fingers

Lots of requests for today's Chewsday Review, so there must be loads of kids out there who love a good fish finger! Today's version is by the legendary Jamie Oliver. I'm a huge fan, not only of his delicious food and recipes, but also of his commitment to improving childhood nutrition worldwide. Does this include his 'Brilliant Fish Fillet Fingers' though?

🔶Ingredients: 

🔹Alaskan Pollock (fish), bread crumbs, rapeseed oil, wheat flour, water, potato starch, salt. 

🔹Pollock is a species of fish from the cod family, more commonly eaten in the UK than Australia. It's mild flavoured, low fat and generally a good source of Omega-3s (now known as long chain n-3 fats)

🔹The fish makes up 65% of the overall fish finger. 

🔹Common allergens include: fish, wheat (gluten)

 

🔶The positives: 

🔹Low saturated fat, at only 0.6g/100g and no trans fat. 

🔹Low sugar content at less than 0.5g/100g (as expected, but some crumbed products can be hiding a bit!)

🔹$12.49/kg for the fish fingers (works out to about $20/kg for the actual fish) is not a bad price for a main meal protein. 

🔹Grills in 10 minutes. A quick option for when you need dinner on the table fast!

 

🔶The negatives:

🔹It's not clear whether these fingers are a good source of long chain n-3 fats, which are the fats most beneficial for brain and heart health. The fish fingers are likely to contain some n-3 fats, as fish is naturally a good source, but if they provided a lot then I suspect that this would be declared on the packaging. Oily fish tend to provide the most n-3 fats, and this is a lower fat fish, so it may not have as much as you might hope. 

🔹Reasonably high sodium (salt) content of 322mg/100g, although this is slightly less than the upper recommended limit of 400mg/100g. 

 

🔶The marketing:

🔹100% Alaskan Pollock and certified sustainable seafood source. This is technically true, in that 100% of the fish is Alaskan Pollock. However, only 65% of the fish finger is actually fish, so I find this slightly misleading. 

🔹No other ridiculous claims. Refreshing really...

 

🔶The alternatives:

🔹This is a reasonable option for a crumbed freezer product. In fact, it rates better than most chicken nuggets for saturated fat, sugar and sodium. It also provides an equivalent (if not slightly higher) protein content. 

🔹In comparison to the previously reviewed Birds Eye Lil Fishies, this is slightly ahead- although if I knew what the n-3 fat content was then I could make a better comparison!

🔹Whole fish is always a great, nutritious option. 

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