Our expert says:
I don't have a packet of standard 2 minute noodles in my cupboard, but I have just checked a label for a 2 minute noodle product that I evaluated for a client last year and the energy and fat contents per 100g (a full packet) for that specific product were 1410 kJ pf energy and 5.7 g of fat (in this case derived from palm oil). If you are not trying to lose weight, then having a meal that supplies 1410 kJ of energy only represents 16,8% of your daily energy allowance of 8400 kJ. If you only have 3 main meals a day, we usually allocate 2800 kJ or 1/3 of the daily energy allowance per meal. So I don't think that having 2 minute noodles for your lunch is particularly fattening. As you say, the product has a very high salt content, which is not desirable. If you plan your meals and snacks for work, you could have low-fat yoghurt or a good mixed vegetable soup with a lower salt content for lunch instead. Click on 'Diet'nFood' at the top of this page and do a search for 'Lunch box' to get some tips on healthy lunches.
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