Chewsday Review- Birds Eye Fish Fingers

So last week’s fish fingers were a flop. But maybe these Birds Eye Fish Fingers are better? They’re not fish shaped but let’s see how they go in today’s Chewsday Review…

 

 

🔶Ingredients: 

🔹Hoki (fish), water, wheat flour, canola oil, maize flour, wheat starch, maize starch, salt, sugar, wheat gluten, yeast, acidity regulators (450, 451)

🔹Hoki is a fish used widely in manufactured fish products, and is the fish used in McDonalds Fillet of Fish. The fish contributes 51% of the final finger.  

🔹Common allergens include: fish, wheat/gluten

 

🔶The positives: 

🔹This product contains n-3 fatty acids (previously known as omega 3 fatty acids). These are important fatty acids for heart and brain health, amongst other things. Here the 122mg per serve is three times the general recommendations for daily n-3 intake for 1-3 year olds and double the daily recommendations for older children. This is helpful if you’re serving fish twice a week.

🔹Sodium intake is reasonably low for a processed/crumbed product at 248mg/100g (although this isn’t a low salt product overall). It is lower than most chicken nuggets. 

🔹Low sugar content at 2.1g/100g, but this is mostly added sugar so not a true positive. 

🔹Saturated fat is low at 0.8g/100g. This is a big positive.

🔹Dolphin safe.

 

🔶The negatives:

🔹This fish finger is only 51% fish, meaning that the other 40% is primarily from starchy or floury fillers. This just means that you're not getting a lot of high quality ingredients for what you pay for.

 

🔶The marketing:

🔹’I’ll sing you a song, a song of the sea’ Need I say any more.

🔹4 star health rating, which is less than the fish nuggets from last week. Crazy!

🔹No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Yep, great.

 

🔶The alternatives:

🔹These are a pretty reasonable option for a fish finger. One of the higher omega 3 contents, which is a big benefit. As always, a whole piece of fish is a better alternative.

🔹 I also don’t mind the Jamie Oliver Fish fingers or the Birds Eye Crumbed Whiting fillets for a pre-packaged fish product as an easy dinner on those nights you need something simple.

 

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