Example Lunchbox #2
This lunchbox was a little further along the spectrum. It offered a homemade wrap and a banana with other packaged foods. Definitely a step in the right direction. Let’s look at this lunchbox in the same way.
Within The Lunchbox (and What’s the Cost?):
The total cost (true supermarket prices) for this lunchbox is $6.26. The time invested is in the sourcing of the foods, the creation of the simple wrap and the packing of the lunchbox, marginally more than Lunchbox #1.
What’s in The Food?
I’ve done the same here, I’ve taken the ingredients lists verbatim and pasted below. I’ve also bolded the whole food ingredients.
Le Snak: Cheese Spread [Cheddar Cheese (45%)( Milk , Salt, Starter Culture), Water, Margarine (Vegetable Fats and Oils, Water, Salt, Milk Solids, Emulsifiers[ Soy Lecithin, 471], Antioxidants[304, 307b from Soy ]), Flavour [Lactose ( Milk ), Yeast Extract, Salt], Whey Powder ( Milk ), Milk Mineral, Mineral Salts (339, 452), Preservative (234)]. Cracker [ Wheat Flour, Vegetable Fats and Oils [ Antioxidants (307, 307b from Soy )], Wholemeal Wheat Flour , Sugar, Wheat Bran , Invert Syrup, Salt, Raising Agents (503, 500), Poppy Seeds, Wheat Germ].
Smiths Chips – Salt & Vinegar - Potatoes, Vegetable Oils (Sunflower And/Or Canola), Food Acids (Sodium Diacetate, Citric Acid), Lactose (Milk), Salt, Mineral Salt (Potassium Chloride), Sugar, Flavour Enhancer (621), Dextrose, Natural Flavours.
Juice Popper - Reconstituted Apple Juice (84.7%), Reconstituted Mango Puree (15%), Vitamin C, Food Acid (Malic Acid).
Kinder Bueno - Milk Chocolate (31.5%) (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Skim Milk Powder, Anhydrous Milkfat, Emulsifier: Lecithins (Soy), Flavouring: Vanillin), Sugar, Vegetable Oil (Palm), Wheat Flour, Hazelnuts (10.5%), Skim Milk Powder, Whole Milk Powder, Dark Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier: Lecithin (Soy), Flavouring: Vanillin), Fat - Reduced Cocoa Powder, Emulsifier (Lecithins) (Soy), Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Carbonate), Salt, Flavouring (Vanillin)
Banana – Banana!
Wrap - Wheat Flour (72%) (Thiamine, Folic Acid), Water, Mineral Salts (450, 500), Iodised Salt, Vegetable Oil [Antioxidant (320)], Sugar, Vegetable Gums (412, 466), Emulsifier (471), Acidity Regulator (297), Preservatives (282, 200).
Sliced Ham - Pork (73%), Water, Salt, Acidity Regulators (326, 262), Dextrose (Maize, Tapioca), Emulsifiers (450, 451, 508), Pork Protein (Herb Extract), Sugar, Modified Tapioca Starch (1412), Thickener (407a), Antioxidant (316), Sodium Nitrite (250), Potato Fibre, Citrus Fibre, Canola Oil, Smoke Flavour.
Sliced Cheese - Pasteurised Milk, Salt, Starter Cultures, Non-Animal Rennet
This is largely not much better than Lunchbox #1, there are more food additives than you can poke a stick at. It makes you rethink whether these “foods” are truly food. Or are they frankenfoods?
What is the Nutritional Value?
This lunchbox performs better than lunchbox #1 when it comes to energy intake, it leaves 1500kJ for the child to eat for breakfast, snacks and dinner (if they were 11 years old). However the sodium levels EXCEEDS the recommended intake for an adult male. This is scary. Too much sodium in the body can have dramatic impacts on the heart and blood pressure (see this report from Harvard). Food manufacturers have to shape up here, they are filling their foods with salt, fat and sugar without care for the child who is eating the food.