A recent survey from the British Nutrition Foundation found that children between the ages of 5 and 16 generally don’t understand what’s in the food they’re eating, where it comes from and which foods belong to each food group. The poll included responses taken from over 5,000 British children and it was created during the organization’s Healthy Eating Week.
Chicken Of The Sea & Pasta Made From Animals
No, we’re not talking about Jessica Simpson this time, sadly we’re talking about the results of the survey which showed that 18 percent of 5 to 7-year olds thought fish fingers were made of chicken and that bacon is the produce of cows, sheep or chickens (14 percent). If that wasn’t enough to shock you, the results also showed that 13 percent of 8 to 11-year-olds believed pasta came from animals and 6 percent of 14-16-year-olds thought cows produced eggs. This is quite upsetting news and a clear indicator that children need to be more educated on food as a whole.
Fixing Food Misconceptions Among Children
The survey additionally asked the children where they typically get their information about food from, to which 54 percent of 11 to 14-year-olds and 64 percent of 14 to 16-year-olds answered, the internet. Ah, hah! This could be the key factor in fixing all of this food misconception. Yes, the internet is great tool to use when researching a topic, like food, but as Newsweek mentioned in one of their articles, there is fake food news on the internet that can completely misinform children. A better way for children to get their knowledge about food is of course, at school, which the poll states is their second biggest source. There needs to be more of a collaboration between teachers and parents on this very important matter. For example, a weekly homework assignment could be for the child to assist their parents with cooking a new meal that includes all the five food groups. That way while they’re cooking, they can ask questions about each type of ingredient being added to the meal and become more familiar with various foods over time.
In the past year, FoodFacts has worked with numerous schools across the country that utilize our site as part of their curriculum on educating their students on what’s really in the foods they are eating. We think that this is a positive step in the right direction on educating children and young adults to read labels and learning what’s in the food they are consuming. With the consumption of processed food on the rise in American’s diets, it’s so important for children to become aware of what ingredients are. As always, we suggest downloading our FoodFacts App to scan, search food products, and see what’s really in the food you are eating.
Every child deserves to have a clear understanding on what’s in their food, where it comes from and which category each food belongs to. By having this vital knowledge, it encourages them to eat more wholesome foods that are full of nutrients, which will help them grow up healthy and strong. The more focus we put into making sure our children are properly educated about food, the more potential it leaves for future generations to develop healthier eating habits early on in life.