'This is the guideline for my daughters preschool on what we can and cannot pack,' the mum wrote on a Facebook group.
'Just wondering if anyone can suggest some things that might be suitable that I can look into for school food? I always thought I packed a fairly healthy lunchbox but it seems I may have been wrong.'
Explaining that she would usually pack biscuits and cheese for morning tea and a wrap or sandwich with pretzels, yoghurt and fruit, the mum was shocked to learn that they don’t make the cut.
'The Jatz have too much salt. Pretzels obviously do have too much salt even popcorn has too much salt. And the yoghurt I was using (haven't checked others) has too much sugar,' she wrote.
'I was shocked that sultanas have almost too much sugar.'
Many of the other mums in the group called the guidelines ‘ridiculous’, claiming that the ‘world is going mad.’
'The only people that should be giving you info like this is a dietitian, doctor, paediatrician that you are SEEING because they are concerned. Omg! My kids eat well so I don't have a need to be defensive but this is just ridiculous,' said one.
Added another: 'The world is going mad! Sorry but what you pack seems fine. It's not like you're sending chocolate and only chocolate. It's just getting ridiculous.’
Added a third: 'No one can tell you what you can and can't feed your kids apart from a qualified professional.’
Said another critic: ‘The older generation must look at this stuff and roll their eyes.’
Added one more: ‘I would send a note back "Thank you, but your job is to teach my child and mine is to feed and raise it".
But other mums said it was important for kids to eat well from an early age, and thought the chart was helpful.
'That’s actually a good guide that the school has provided, we should be aiming to minimise the food we eat that falls outside of those parameters,' wrote one.
Said another: 'I think this is great to help educate and encourage people to look at the back of packets.’