Monday, 1 October 2007

Packed lunches haven't improved

Despite all the effort by the Government and celebrity chefs, the quality of packed lunches have not improved since 2004.

Research by the University of Leeds revealed that nearly half of packed school lunches did not contain any fruit. Of the 1300 pupils, aged 8 and 9, in the survey, 68% had a cake or biscuit in their lunch bix and 12% had sweets.

Sandwiches were in 85% of lunchboxes with 37% of these made from white bread. Brown bread was used by 4.6% and 3.4% used wholemeal bread.

The researchers concluded that there has been no improvement in the nutitional quality of packed lunches since a similar survey in 2004.

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