Updated again! A newer update is now available here: [Update: 7 February] – ASDA Slimzone Ready Meals and Slimming World
An update from Slimming World
We know there’s a lot of confusion around the new Asda Slimzone meals, and whether they count as a Slimming World Free Food or not and understandably people are finding it hard to understand why we can’t just clarify the position.
Calculating Syn values for manufactured products that contain Free Foods is a complex process – there are many ingredients, some in very small proportions – and not all of them are Free Foods. We have asked Asda to supply us with more detailed recipe and ingredient breakdowns for each meal as this is the only way we can know for sure if the meals do count as Free Foods (as we did for the Slimming World meals in Iceland) or provide an accurate Syn value. In the meantime, the only way we have of assessing the meals is to put them through the Syns Calculator, choosing a Free Food allowance for each meal (as we would have to do for any meal including Slimming World’s if we didn’t have the full recipe and ingredient breakdown).
Because the Slimming World food range has been carefully monitored at all stages of production, from ingredient selection to manufacturing, we’re 100% confident that every product is a Free Food.
We don’t have the same control over other brands, although we can give you our very best estimate based on the nutrition and ingredients given on the food packaging.
Based on the calculator, the Syn values for the Slimzone meals are as follows.
- Asda Slimzone Chicken Chow Mein – 5.5 Syns per 500g pack
- Asda Slimzone Chicken & Prawn Paella – 7.5 Syns per 500g pack
- Asda Slimzone Chicken Tikka Biryani with Rice – 9.5 Syns per 500g pack
- Asda Slimzone Chicken Tikka Masala – Free
- Asda Slimzone Chicken Jalfrezi – Free
- Asda Slimzone Thai Green Chicken Curry – Free
- Asda Slimzone Cottage Pie – 8 Syns per 500g pack
- Asda Slimzone Vegetable Arrabbiata – Free
- Asda Slimzone Beef and Three Bean Chilli with Rice – 10 Syns per 500g pack
- Asda Slimzone Pork Sausages – Free
- Asda Slimzone Chicken Dinner – 3.0 Syns per 500g pack
- Asda Slimzone Turkey Bolognese – 6.5 Syns per 500g pack
- Asda Slimzone Turkey Meatball Marinara – 6.0 Syns per 500g pack
It’s important to say that at this point these are approximate Syn values only, and the Syns Calculator is designed to err on the side of caution to protect weight loss. Looking at the packaging, there is a strong likelihood that the Slimzone meals will be Free or low in Syns, but until we have the information from Asda we don’t know that for sure.
As you know, we have a long history of collaborating with retailers to establish the Syn values of products, and we feature thousands of branded Free Foods and low Syn foods in our database, in the magazine, directories and online. We are very happy to make our members aware of Syn values, especially when a product is low in Syns or count as a Free Food, because these are the products that will be most helpful to your weight loss. If we had known in advance about these meals, we would have been able to provide the information ahead of the launch and have been in a better position to answer your questions.