I’ve bumped this Chewsday Review to the top of the list, because I really wanted to see how it fares. It’s Funky Fields Minced 100% plant based. It’s a new vegetarian and vegan friendly alternative to meat. Also good for those kiddos who struggle with beef intolerance. So let’s see how it compares!
🔶Ingredients: rehydrated soy protein (58%), water, coconut oil, soy flour, wheat gluten, almonds, penny bun mushroom powder, tomato, fermented dextrose, tapioca starch, salt, malt extract (barley), colouring (beetroot), natural flavouring, maltodextrin, stabiliser.
🔹Common allergens: soy, wheat, tree nuts, barley
🔹Good fibre content, which is not something you’d find in mince! Works out to 3.8g per serve, and anything higher than 3g per serve is great! Although, 100g of any mince is a lot for a child. Anyway, more fibre than beef mince.
🔹Total fat content just sneaks into recommended guidelines and is on par with lean mince.
🔹Protein content is on par with regular beef mince.
🔹Saturated fat content exceeds recommended guidelines. This is comparable to regular mince, but a lot more than lean mince or heart smart mince. Saturated fat is not a healthy fat.
🔹Sodium content of 480mg exceeds recommended maximum recommended level of 420mg/100g. Lean mince has about 50mg/100g so that’s quite a difference. You’d definitely want to avoid adding salt when cooking this.
🔹There is minimal iron in this product, compared to about 1.9g/100g in beef mince. This is quite a significant negative given that most Aussie kids get a large amount of their iron intake from meat.
🔹This isn’t an Aussie product (it’s imported from Denmark)
🔹”OMG So Tasty” I can’t vouch for this, I didn’t actually buy it. But interested to hear what other people think.
🔹“18% protein” Fact.
🔹Overall this is a bit saltier than I'd like, and the saturated fat is higher than I'd hope for given it's a plant based product.
🔹Lean beef mince (if you’re not vegetarian or vegan) for iron content.
🔹Veggie Delight savoury veggie mince looks like it might be a better option with added vitamin B12 and iron. But that’s a review for another day
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