Children believe ‘pasta comes from animals and fish fingers are from chickens’

i News reports that more than one in 10 eight to 11 year olds believe pasta comes from an animal, while nearly a fifth of five to seven years think fish fingers are made of chicken, according to a survey. 

A new poll suggests confusion among children about the origins of their foods, with even some teenagers unsure how some items find their way on to a dinner plate.

Nearly a third (29 per cent) of five to seven-year-olds thought that cheese came from a plant, not an animal, while one in four older primary school pupils (aged eight to 11) thought the same.

In addition, just over one in five (22 per cent) of the infants, and 13 per cent of the older primary group believed that animals provide us with pasta. There was also uncertainty about other foods, with 22 per cent of five to seven-year-olds saying prawns come from plants and 20 per cent suggesting that chips are made of animals.

Among the eight to 11-year-olds questioned as part of the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) poll for its Healthy Eating Week, there was less slightly confusion, although 10 per cent thought that bread came from animals. 

Some 1 per cent of both 11-14-year-olds and 14-16-year-olds thought that fruit pastilles counted towards their five-a-day, while 27 per cent of the younger group and 26 per cent of the older range thought that they could include strawberry jam as part of their daily fruit and veg.

 Roy Ballam, BNF managing director and head of education said: “Schools and families can and should successfully work together to, in turn, educate children and then motivate them in their endeavours to make healthier choices. Furthermore, the links between physical activity, health and diet should be frequently highlighted by the Government’s programmes.”

The survey questioned 5,040 UK children between April 24 and May 12.

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  1. Anonymous

    Yes, but what percentage of 40-50 year olds could explain the passive voice or pick out the fronted adverbials in a text. Perhaps we need to decide what is important for our children to learn and teach them it.

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