Packed lunch nutrition poor

First it was the standard of school dinners, but now campaigners are focusing their attentions on the poor nutrition offered in many packed lunches.

Researchers claimed only 3.5% of packed lunches parents are sending their children to school with carry the five foods recommended by the Food Standards Agency, and less than half, 44.3%, contained two or less.

Nutritionists claim the ideal packed lunch would contain a ham and cheese sandwich, a piece of celery, a small yoghurt and some fruit.

The study was carried out in Avon among 621 seven-year-old children.

The results show that children eating school dinners are getting higher intakes of protein and dietary fibre than those with packed lunches.

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