Over 1.7 million children take part in 'Healthy Eating Week'

Just under 2 million pupils will take part in Healthy Eating Week, as the British Nutrition Foundation revealed thousands of school children did not know enough about the food they were eating.

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1/4 of young children think bread 'comes from animals'

Some 25% of children aged between 5-8-years-old were found to believe bread came from animals, research from a health charity found.

According to the British Nutrition Foundation:

  • Another 14% of 8-11 year olds surveyed think bread comes from animals.
  • Over a quarter (26%) of 5-8 year olds and 22 percent of 8-11 year olds think that cheese comes from plants.
  • Nearly a fifth of primary school children said that potatoes come from animals.
  • Another quarter of primary school children, plus more than one in ten (13%) of 8-11 year olds, indicated that pasta comes from animals.
  • One in every ten primary school children surveyed thinks that bacon comes from sheep, while 17% think that fish fingers come from chicken.

Almost 2 million children in 'Healthy Eating Week'

Some 1.7 million pupils are taking part in "Healthy Eating Week" after a general lack of knowledge about nutrition among Britain's school children was revealed by the British Nutrition Foundation.

Some school's are joining the School Food Plan to teach pupils nutrition. Credit: PA

The health charity found the majority of 11-16 year olds (52%) believe carbohydrate provides more energy than either fat or protein when fat has more calories.

Children were found to be confused about what went into their five-a-day; more than a fifth of 11-14 year olds and 16% of 14-16-year-olds believe that frozen fruit and vegetables do not count.

One quarter of 11-14 year olds and a fifth of 14-16-year-olds did not think that canned fruit and vegetables count.

However, 85.5% of children aged between 5-16-years-old did know they were supposed to consume five portions of fruit and vegetables every day.


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