School dinners are healthier than packed lunches, they discovered new research.
Although parents tend to offer their children prepared lunches to avoid usually unhealthy school dinners, a study has found that the opposite is true.
A ten-year study on elementary school pupil food showed that there was a drop in vitamins and minerals – and the lack of fresh food is to blame, reports Hull Live.
The study, published in the BMJ Open journal, included 2006 data for 1,148 pupils of 76 schools in England.
Of these schools, 18 also participated in a 2016 comparative survey, which included a total of 323 pupils.
The researchers who analyzed the packed lunches, believed to make up for about half of the school meals, say that the amount of fresh vegetables remained “stubbornly low”.
The amount of sugar has almost halved since 2006, but the level is still above what is recommended by the government.
It was also noted that the size of the chocolate bars had decreased from 37g to 31g due to government regulations.
But many children have not received recommended amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc or calcium, which are found in vegetables such as carrots, fruits, nuts and dairy products respectively.
Many children did not have dairy products at lunchtime and meals did not meet the recommended calcium standards.
Dr. Charlotte Evans, an expert in diet and health and associate professor at the School of Food Science and Nutrition in Leeds, said: “Research has found that packed lunches have improved on some fronts but are still dominated by snacks. sweet and savory food and sugary drinks.
“The vast majority provide poor nutritional quality. Addressing this issue over the next ten years will require concerted effort.
“Improving what children eat at school will help reduce the risk of childhood obesity.
“In 2015, the figures indicate that about a third of British 10-year-olds were obese – and that’s related to what they’re eating.
“This study highlights the role that parents, guardians, government and the food industry play in ensuring children eat healthier.”
A healthy lunch for less than £ 1 per day
Healthy and affordable usually don’t mix, but a mom has found a way to offer her son a balanced lunch at an affordable price.
Writing on lovemoney.com, she said, “Look for bread and wraps.
“My son loves bread and has sandwiches in his lunch most days. He is picky but he will eat ham, cheese and jam as fillings.
“I’d like to mix a little and include wraps and occasional pasta salads, even though worryingly he informed me that he” wouldn’t eat “the latter when questioned.
“Trying to cut costs, I found that an 800 g brown loaf of Asda currently costs only 55 p, while eight large tortilla wraps were only 89 p.
“I cut them in half.”
Savings made by purchasing your own Asda brand against Hovis bread and Tesco mini wrappers: £ 1.06.
Exchange popcorn for chips
“Most of the multiple packs of crisps were simply too expensive for my budget and I still wanted to keep my son from eating them every day, so I replaced the popcorn.
“It’s quick, healthy, cheap and fun to prepare at home, and a 500g packet of beans is currently costing £ 1 from the World Food section of Tesco or 92p at Morrisons.
“If you don’t have a popcorn maker, you can simply cook it in a pan on the stove.
“In addition, only 12 g of beans are more than enough for a small child and cost only 2 p, so it’s worth it.”
Savings made by making popcorn against a 6-pack of Pom-Bear chips: 98p.
Fill them with green stuff
“Fortunately, my son likes fruit and vegetables and I was excited to fill his lunch with plenty.
“In the reduced section of Sainsbury’s, I found a packet of red grapes for 79 p, starting at £ 2, and despite some doubts, they lasted for the whole week. These are a good option for bite snacks (making sure to cut them. in half).
“I also took a package of six dessert apples on special offer in my local cooperative for 99 p, although I have since realized that a pack of six small apples marked Rosedene in Tesco costs only 69 p.
“Deciding to experiment with carrot sticks, I received a 500 g packet of Asda carrots for 38 p. My son also loves peppers, so I took a three pack for 99 p with the intention of making slices of pepper . “
Savings with reduced fruit purchase: £ 1.21.
Change the snacks purchased in the shop for the homemade versions
“I seem to be spending a small fortune on healthy snacks for my son, such as individual packages of Sunny Raisins (£ 2 for 6) and Monster Claws in fruit leather (£ 2.50 for 5) and Bear Yo-Yos (£ 3 , 90 times 9).
“However, I found a 500 g packet of sultanas in Asda for 99 p and decided to invent my own packs. Each serving costs only 8 p per 40 g instead of 33 p.
“I also abandoned the often unbeaten Cheestrings (£ 3 for 12 – 25 p each.) For slices of cheddar cut at home, costing only 10 p for 20 g.”
You save by making homemade versions vs purchased in the shop: 25p per pack on raisins, 15p per serving on slices of cheese.
“My son has simple tastes when it comes to sandwich fillings, so I got stuck with cheese and ham with the addition of some vegetables, like carrot or pepper slices.
“Even though breaded ham was on special offer at Asda at £ 1.50 per 300g, I opted for five slices for £ 1.30 from the Cooperative.
“The problem I have found is that the ham goes out quickly – you are going to eat it within two days of opening the package – which can lead to a lot of waste unless you have a large family and can consume it all.
“Any leftovers not used in lunches would ideally be an ingredient in home-made meals.”