Packed Lunches for Kids
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To perform well at school and in sports and also for your overall mental and physical well-being it is important to eat healthily at school as well as at home. There are various advantages and disadvantages of school lunches versus a packed lunch and it is really important to make the correct decision.
These are a few things to think about to discuss with your parents to decide whether to go for packed lunches or school meals:
- If your school can provide refrigeration facilities then packed lunches are an option. But the sandwiches would need cooling in transit and would only work for relatively short duration journeys. If the school cannot provide any refrigeration facilities then in our view this makes packed lunches unsafe. They will be stored for too long at unsafe temperatures.
- School Meals in the vast majority of developed countries MUST meet minimum nutritional standards and it is difficult (though certainly not impossible) to beat this in a packed lunch. For example in the United States, meals must meet the 'DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS'. Read our articles here for more information on 'SCHOOL MEALS'
- If you eat school lunches rather than packed lunches or buying your own food then you have statistically a lower chance of being overweight. Being overweight can cause health issues.
- No matter whether you have school meals or packed lunches you should take a bottle of water each day and top it up to remain hydrated (especially if you are exercising or if it is hot). You should also take a healthy snack for both mid-morning and mid-afternoon (e.g. a piece of fruit).
- If you suffer from any food intolerance, allergy or diabetes etc. then obviously an informed decision will need to be taken with your parents and the school.
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