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Cancer Council will today reveal health shocks found in the average lunchbox, with parents preparing to pack the first of about 200 lunches per child over the year from today.
Research shows many lunchboxes contain the recommended serves of fruit parents would be shocked to discover high levels of saturated fat, sugar and salt in what appears to be ‘healthy’.
“Balancing the weekday lunchbox is a difficult task – we understand the time, financial, emotional and practical pressures Queensland parents face,” Ms Clift said.
“Too often lunchbox snacks are promoted as healthy choices, but contain high levels of saturated fat, sugar and salt, which can negatively impact children’s health and wellbeing.
“The majority of lunchbox items should be wholefoods from the five recommended food groups.
“Parents should choose fresh, whole foods such as fruit, vegetables, legumes, lean meats, eggs, poultry, legumes and beans, wholegrains high in fibre and low fat dairy products including plain milk, yoghurt and cheese for school lunches.
“Processed and packaged foods should be avoided as much as possible.”
Cancer Council Queensland has released a go-to guide for parents shopping for school lunches.
“A balanced lunchbox should contain one serve of lean protein, wholegrains (such as wholemeal bread, wraps, rice and muesli), one or two pieces of fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy and plenty of water to keep kids hydrated.”
For more information: cancerqld.org.au.