Our final blog of the year some festive fun with a few hints and tips if you decide to use software to produce a nutrition label for your Christmas fare, to be taken with a pinch of salt
Crackers: The ones that go bang, with a hat and a gift will not need nutrition labelling, the ones for cheese will.
Turkey: A very important question for nutrient levels: Are you a leg or breast person?
Duck: Check you are using nutritional information for the bird, not for Bombay duck which is a fish, actually it’s a lizardfish, just how confusing can food names be?!
Beef Wellington: Wellington not available in NISNutritics software or McCance and Widdowson’s Composition of Foods, we suggest you refer to the manufacturers specification sheet, try Dunlop or Hunter.
Roast potatoes: Type of fat you roast them in will affect the nutrients.
Mashed potatoes: Remember to include the butter and the salt in your calculation.
Duchess potatoes: Just how many sorts of potato are you having?
Brussels sprouts: Why Sprouts? Just why? Sorry, I mean why calculate, you don’t need to, they are a single ingredient food.
Gravy: Home-made gravy is difficult to calculate due to all the potential variations in the different meat juices, we suggest you pause dinner and send for lab analysis.
Yorkshire puddings: Yorkshire is not an ingredient; neither is this a dessert. Try egg, flour and oil.
Pigs in blankets: Blankets are not included in software systems, we suggest you choose bacon, streaky.
Christmas pudding: The reason you steam puddings for 8 hours is to allow you time to calculate the nutrient information from the 20 ingredients you have used.
Yule log: Unlikely to contain any logs.
Mincemeat*: Don’t get confused with this food name, this is not minced meat, but a mixture of chopped dried fruit, spices and if you are lucky some spirits.
Gingerbread: If a gingerbread man is in a gingerbread house, is the house made of flesh or is he made of house, just wondering.
Alcoholic beverages: Energy is required, for the label, not so much for toasting absent friends.
Antacid tablet: Does not need nutrition labelling.
We hope that helps. Please remember don’t eat the decorations, they will give you tinsilitis!
Merry Christmas from all at NIS! If in the New Year you need any help with nutrition labels on your products please do check out our website where we are offering a 7 day free trial of the NISNutritics software.
*Mincemeat was first created as a way of preserving meat — usually mutton — without having to salt or smoke it. It became a Christmas staple when the Crusaders returned home in the 12th century with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The three spices used in this recipe were symbolic of the gifts given to baby Jesus by the Magi, therefore linking this recipe to Christmas. The spices contain antimicrobial properties that helped keep the meat through winter (and also probably masked any flavors of old meat). The meat used was normally finely chopped — also known as minced in cooking lingo — and that’s where this pastry got its name. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/09/mincemeat-explained_n_6288020.html
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