A change from the usual gardening post today and two food packages; one that almost defies belief in stating the obvious and the second that annoys me because it is misleading.
So, I start with the one that surely tells me something that I don’t need to be told.
The front of the wrap on this celery seems sane enough though I might take issue with the the description that celery is delicious raw! It is OK raw but I prefer it cooked and covered in cheese sauce. But that is just my taste! What astonished me was the back of the pack…
Do I really need to be told that a head of celery is 100% celery? And because it is 100% celery it contains the allergen – celery. I am not making light of the fact that some people may have a food allergy to celery – I know that some people can have an allergic reaction to celery, parsnips and many other plants but surely if someone had an allergy to celery they would be able to tell from the front of the pack, and the fact that the celery looks just like celery to keep away from it! If they can’t work that out then it is just proof of Darwinian evolution.
Have I missed something in supermarkets? Has anyone seen a sticky label on an apple stating that it is 100% apple? Why has no one told me that a banana is 100% banana. And why has no one put a sticker on a banana to tell me to peel it?
And so we get to a product I bought recently. To be fair, it was tasty and I have no issue with that.
The good news is that it contains 61% fruit so that is OK. But the crumble? The front of pack says it is fruit ‘with almond and pecan crumble’. Not ‘crumble with almond and pecan’ which may suggest that there is more crumble than nuts. The name suggests that it has a reasonable proportion of nuts. But the clue to how much almond and pecan in it is the fact that it says ‘almond and pecan’ and not ‘almonds and pecans’!
When you turn it over and look at the back of the label you find that there is not actually a lot of nuts in it. The whole 300g pack contains 1.8g of pecan nuts. Yes, that is not a mistake – just 1.8g. That is approximately the weight of a half pecan nut. To put that in perspective, the NHS suggests that adults consume no more than 6g salt a day, just over a teaspoon. So a portion (150g) of this pud contains just 0.9g of pecans, a fifth of a teaspoon – I would say that was a trace rather than something that needs mentioning on the front of the pack. In fact, since there is more cornflour and dextrose in the mix it would be more accurately described as ‘Autumn fruit with dextrose and cornflour crumble’. Don’t you fancy that as much? It certainly doesn’t fit into the Tesco ‘Finest’ range quite as easily.
And just in case you think I am being unfair and the crumble may be packed with enough almonds to satiate a ravenous squirrel, I have to admit that there are 50% more almonds than pecans; there is 2.7g in a pack and that is about 2 almonds.
So buy this product because you like the taste but don’t think you are going to get your nut fix for the day.