Q: "My preschoolers love two-minute noodles, but there’s such a range of them on offer – how can I tell which ones are good and which are bad?"
Rachel Verin, Castlecrag, NSW
A: Registered nutritionist Bronwen King responds:
“Traditional quick-cook noodles are fried during processing. This means that most have a fat content of over 15g per serve, which is high for an everyday food. Instant noodles are also high in sodium and artificial flavours, so are not a nutritious choice for children. There are, however, low-fat versions such as Maggi 2 Minute Noodles which are baked and not fried, 97 per cent fat-free, less sodium and have no artificial colours or flavours. But remember, instant noodles on their own should be an occasional food only. They do not have significant quantities of the nutrients kids need. A better habit to encourage is having noodles or pasta as part of a meal with meat (or other protein) and good quantities of vegetables.”