WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LABEL
- On the packaging of ONOFF there is information about the nutritional value per uncooked product. We would like to explain this, because it makes a lot of difference whether you are looking at information about an unprepared or a prepared product.
The nutritional value of an unprepared product indicates exactly what is in the packaging. With as many ingredients as necessary for the savoury taste and the preservation of that product. In many European countries, pre-packaged foods must indicate the amount of fat, saturated fat, sugars, proteins, carbohydrates and salt contained per 100 grams (or 1000 millilitres).
For example. You buy a bag of tom yum soup from ONOFF. The label shows the nutritional value of what is in that bag. Indeed, exactly what is in the bag. But that is not soup yet. First of all, it needs more than half a litre of water, vegetables and chicken. Perhaps you add more water or vegetables than we recommend in our recipe, because you like it better. So the ingredients in the sachet are quite diluted.
What's more, you probably won't eat that soup alone. So if there are two of you, you will have eaten the very diluted half of the sachet. And perhaps even less, because the whole sachet is not always used.
Another example. On the packaging of the Organic Instant Thai Rice Noodles, it says that of the 100 grams of ingredients, 10 grams is salt (i.e. 10%). We would like to explain this briefly. You already know that we have to state the nutritional value per 100 grams. But the content of the whole package is not 100 grams, but 75 grams. There are 50 grams of dried noodles in the cup and 25 grams of spice paste and salt. There is no salt in the noodles, only in the spice paste. So you do not eat 10 grams of salt (10% of 100 grams), as you might think because of the legally required nutritional declaration, but a maximum of 2.5 grams (10% of 25 grams of herb paste).
We also explain it again as a prepared product. You have 50 grams of noodles, 25 grams of herb paste and 200 grams of water (that is 200 ml of water), together 275 grams of a meal. The nutritional value per 100 grams is now diluted almost 3 times. On 275 grams of a meal you eat 2.5 grams of salt.
Qualified nutrition centres advise adults to eat a maximum of 6 grams of salt per day. By way of comparison.Two wholemeal slices of bread with cheese contain about 1.15 grams of salt, one pizza more than 4 grams, three sticks of pork satay with sauce more than 6.5 grams, a hamburger sandwich almost 3 grams, a point cake 4 to 6 grams and a glass of tomato-vegetable juice almost 2.3 grams of salt.