School lunches – new set of standards

school lunch  A new set of standards for all food served in schools was launched by Education Secretary Michael Gove today 17 June 2014.

 

The new standards include:

  • 1 or more portions of vegetables or salad as an accompaniment every day
  • at least 3 different fruits, and 3 different vegetables each week
  • an emphasis on wholegrain foods in place of refined carbohydrates
  • an emphasis on making water the drink of choice:
    • limiting fruit juice portions to 150mls
    • restricting the amount of added sugars or honey in other drinks to 5%
  • no more than 2 portions a week of food that has been deep fried, batter coated, or breadcrumb coated
  • no more than 2 portions of food which include pastry each week

 

Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health, University of Oxford said:

We know that children are continuing to eat too much saturated fat, sugar and salt. It is vital that the food children are offered in schools is nutritious and helps them to learn about the basics of a healthy diet.

The pilots we ran were very encouraging and clearly enabled cooks to develop nutritionally balanced menus. We saw a real boost in the variety of vegetables offered, helping to increase intakes of fibre and essential nutrients.

The new standards and supporting guidance include clear information on appropriate portion sizes to help achieve similar results and promote good practice across all schools.

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