Packed lunches worse for kids than school dinners, study says

Sky News is reporting that packed lunches are on average worse nutritionally than meals offered by schools, with the amount of essential nutrients in them falling between 2006 and 2016.

The study, published in the journal BMJ Open, included data from 2006 for 1,148 pupils at 76 schools in England.

It found that while the overall amount of sugar in packed lunches had fallen, many contained foods still too high in sugar, salt or fat, while the levels of fruit and vegetables had barely changed.

Mandatory rules governing nutritional quality for school-served meals were introduced in 2006 in England.

However, no legislation exists for packed lunches and parents are free to choose what to include in them.

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