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Survey quizzes school children on food knowledge

One in ten 11-14 year olds does not know that carrots and potatoes grow underground, while 6% believe dairy cows produce eggs, according to a survey quizzing children on their food knowledge.

The research, carried out by British Nutrition Foundation of over 5,000 school children, also reveals that one fifth (18%) of five to seven year olds believe that fish fingers are made of chicken, while 13% of 8 - 11 year olds think pasta comes from an animal.

The survey also questioned food group knowledge with almost a quarter (23 percent) of five to seven year olds saying that bananas, roast chicken, broccoli and wholegrain bread belong in the dairy and alternatives food group. One sixth (16 percent) of the same age group reported that bread, yoghurt, chocolate and salmon belong in the fruit and vegetables food group.

Despite knowing that they should aim to eat at least five-a-day, children still do not know what should be included in their five. The survey shows that 14 - 16 year olds say that strawberry jam and boiled potatoes contribute to a person’s five-a-day (25 percent and 50 percent respectively) while on the positive side, eight in ten (82 percent) 11 - 14 year olds know that dried fruit or vegetables count towards five-a-day.


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