Cafeteria meals healthier than parent-packed lunches, according to series

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Nearly four million students in the United Kingdom bring a brown bag lunch from home to school each day--but these homemade meals are actually less nutritious than cafeteria lunches. When compared to school cafeteria fare, which has to abide by strict nutritional standards, only one percent of parent-packed lunches meet these standards.

Hopefully this infographic will help parents be more conscious about what goes into their child’s lunchbox, a digital resource for online education from kindergarten to graduate school, released a new infographic showing the surprising health comparison between lunches that parents make their students and the meals served in school cafeterias. Despite the bad reputation school cafeterias have earned over the years, the truth is that because of a set of nutritional standards set forth by the health department, students get better nutrition by purchasing lunch at school.

The majority of packed lunches contain a sandwich, a piece of fruit, and a milk-based dessert such as pudding; however, packed lunches are also rife with sweets, chips, and sugary drinks, which are all banned by UK nutritional standards. In fact, 25 percent of packed lunches contain all three of these items.

“Getting to consume junk food is obviously a staple of being a kid,” said Seth Restaino, spokesperson. “But ultimately, parents should be focusing on providing a healthy balance in their student’s lunch box that will ensure they are getting the proper nutrition to remain focused in the classroom.”

Additionally, children are more likely to eat foods that have lots of sugar and little nutritious value over the fruit that may be packed into their lunch, which may be easily thrown away. By eliminating the sugary items from their children’s lunches, parents will have a better control on what goes into their student’s body.

“Hopefully this infographic will help parents be more conscious about what goes into their child’s lunchbox,” said Restaino. “Additionally, the UK nutritional standards are something that I would like to see adapted worldwide, especially in light of recent childhood obesity statistics.”
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