The Mirror is reporting that they might be internet savvy and quicker than their parents on mobile phones, but most seven to 11-year-olds show a shocking lack of knowledge about food facts.
The findings come in a survey of more than 2,000 youngsters for food firm Genius Gluten Free in partnership with Allergy Adventures, which teaches children about food allergies .
A staggering 10% of children believe parsnips grow on tees and pears grow in pairs and nearly one in five (17%) think people with a nut allergy can still enjoy peanut butter.
Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, Founder of Genius Gluten Free, said: “These statistics show the reality of how little our children know about allergies and food ingredients.”
Hailey Phillips, Founder of Allergy Adventures, added: “So many children across the UK now have from some form of allergy, and diagnosis can be a daunting and confusing experience both for them and their parents.”
“Helping educate children and families about allergies and ingredients can do so much to help normalise life for children with allergies”
Do you think more can be done in the UK’s primary schools to educate children about food and food allergies? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Nellie
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