# Calculating syns?

#### Joannejmorg

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S: 14st2lb C: 13st0lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 29.4 Loss: 1st2lb(8.08%)
Not sure if it's just me having a dull moment but I get the 1 syn for 20 calories, but dnt get how some foods are then free.
Mug shots for example are approx 100 calories, so if I didn't already know that certain ones are free I would b counting them as 5 syns?
Help?

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#### PatchworkPuss

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S: 18st5.5lb C: 11st2lb G: 11st1lb BMI: 24.4 Loss: 7st3.5lb(39.42%)
Because the main ingredient is pasta or noodles which is a free food. Products which have free foods as the main ingredient get a special allowance which takes this into account and reduces the syn value. There is no way you can work out the syns yourself on something which has a free food allowance. The 20 calories rule works on all other foods however.

#### Joannejmorg

##### Full Member
S: 14st2lb C: 13st0lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 29.4 Loss: 1st2lb(8.08%)
Thanks. That explains it a bit better. Just wish it was the same for a pot noodle! Lol ?

#### ermintrude

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S: 27st8.5lb C: 17st3lb G: 16st7.5lb BMI: 36.6 Loss: 10st5.5lb(37.65%)
Thanks. That explains it a bit better. Just wish it was the same for a pot noodle! Lol ?

It is - a Pot Noodle contains noodles which are a free food on Green/EE so qualify for a free food allowance, therefore the 1 syn per 20 calories rule does not apply and you need to use the calculator.

Like Patchwork says - if it contains free food (eg meat, potatoes, pasta, beans, rice etc etc etc) AS ITS MAIN INGREDIENT it almost always qualifies for a free food allowance so you need to use the calculato.

(Exceptions to the free food allowance include shop-bought soups and sauces, things in pastry, some junk food, dried food, mm there might be another one or two that I cant remember off the top of my head)

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