From peanut butter in the & # 39; 70 to the & # 39; Frubes and Cheese Strings & # 39 ;, fascinating images show how school lunches have changed over the past fifty years
- Nutritionist analyzed school lunch lunches for five decades, starting in the 1970s
- Found that modern lunch boxes are much healthier with more fruit and less sugar
- The seventies preferred sandwiches with a lot of fat, chips and juices from concentrate
- Now fruit, vegetables and water are more on trend with healthier bread
Fascinating photographs show how many children's diets in Britain have changed over the years, with a glimpse of a typical lunch box over the past five decades.
Despite rising obesity rates among children in the UK, data for 2016/17 shows that one in 25 10 to 11 year olds has severe obesity, and research by Wren Kitchens and nutritionist Jenny Edelstein has found that children are lunches nowadays in terms of nutritional value, healthier than 50 years ago.
Snapshots show how lunch packets in the seventies preferred peanut butter and jam sandwiches, cheese clouds and even licorice.
By the eighties sandwiches with pickled onion and cheese, Space Raider chips and wagon wheels had come into fashion, while Hula Hoops, Capri Suns and jelly pots all caused a furore in the nineties.
And as the new millennium struck, lunch boxes began to look healthier, with more fruit along with strings of cheese, yogurt tubes and water and by 2010, sandwich sandwich thinners and fruit, a typical lunch box.
Typical lunch box: 70s
Fascinating photos show how many children's diets have changed over the years, with a glimpse of a typical lunch box over the past five decades. Snapshots show how packed lunches in the 1970s preferred peanut butter and jam rolls, cheese clouds and even licorice
- Slice of bread with peanut butter and jam
- Cheese squares
- Cheese puff pastry balls
- Pineapple slices
- Cardboard orange juice from concentrate
Typical lunch box: 80s
By the 1980s, onion and cheese sandwiches, Space Raider chips and wagon wheels had come into fashion
- Pickled onion and cheese sandwiches
- Crisps (such as space raiders)
- Chocolate cookie with Marshmallow Filling (such as Wagon Wheels)
- Apple slices
- Box with orange juice from concentrate
Typical lunch box: 90s
In the 1990s, Hula Hoops, Capri Suns and jelly pots were all furious
- Ham sandwich (such as Billy Bear ham)
- Potato rings chips
- Animal shaped cookies
- Chocolate sandwich biscuit (such as Penguins)
- Jelly fruit jar
- Orange flavor drink (such as Capri Sun)
Typical lunch box: 2000s
When the new millennium struck, lunch boxes began to look healthier, with more fruit, cheese chains, yogurt tubes and water
- Tuna and mayonnaise sandwich
- Yogurt tube (such as Frubes)
- Salty Crisps (Like Pringles)
- Stringy Cheese
- Chocolate fingers (such as KitKat)
- Apple Slices & Grapes
- Water with fruit flavor
Typical lunch box: 2010s
By 2010, salad sandwiches and fruit will become a typical lunch box
- Chicken salad with pepper sandwich thinner
- Carrot sticks
- Chips (handful)
- Chocolate finger (1x) (such as Twix finger)
- Tropical fruits such as kiwi, raspberries and blueberries – Yogurt covered with raisins
Nutritionist Jenny told FEMAIL: & # 39; There has been a clear shift from heavily processed foods we saw during lunch packs in the 1990s and high sugar content in classic lunch boxes from the 1970s. Today we see packed lunches with a good range of fruits, vegetables and proteins.
& # 39; Looking at social pressure, more than a third of other parents feel pressured to make healthy and exciting packed lunches for their children, but 27 percent say the cost of maintaining healthy lunches is far too high & # 39;
Today's parents are under increasing pressure from society and fellow members to fight the obesity crisis in the UK at home.
According to a recent scientific study by 20,000 parents by University College London, working parents are more likely to have obese children. However, the Wren study shows that more than half of the parents believe that the government should do more to encourage healthy lunch packages by offering meal vouchers, subsidizing healthy food and educating parents.
Jenny added: “Knowing where to start when creating a balanced and nutritious lunch can be a challenge, but if you just move away from excess fats and added preservatives, it will do wonders for your child's health. Try replacing processed sandwiches with a healthy chicken and trading sweet potato foil and sugary drinks for water. & # 39;
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