Food And Drink

What’s in your child’s lunchbox?

Wed.27.Sep.2006 - 16:30 BST

The school lunch crisis was first brought to the public eye when Jamie Oliver revealed the shocking state of children's diets in his 2005 television series. A year on and Jamie is back in the classroom with the problem seeming to be no better as shocking new research reveals the high level of sugar in our nations children.

The research, conducted by the National Diet and Nutrition Survey of Young People, shows that the average British boy eats the equivalent of 21 teaspoons of sugar a day, while girls consume an amount equal to 17 teaspoons of sugar. On average two thirds of all the sugars in our children’s diets comes from sweets, cakes, fruit juices etc.

There is no question that the nations children’s diets drastically need to be improved and quickly. However the question is how? How easy is it to introduce healthy food into your child’s diet? A very simple step such as having an apple a day as an alternative to other sugary foods provides your child with important nutrients that can assist with well-being and helping to prevent illness.

Consultant nutritionist Juliette Kellow BSc RD joins us live online to offer advice on introducing healthy and enjoyable alternatives for children that won’t have them reaching for the biscuit barrel.

Juliette Kellow joins us live online on 26th September at 15.30 to discuss introducing healthy food into your child’s life