DR Marian Faughnan, Chief Specialist in Nutrition at Safefood, says if children refuse to eat healthy foods, parents should persist in adding them to their lunchbox
"It can take a child over 10 times to accept a new food, so don't give up on fruit and vegetables if they refuse initially," she advises.
"A child is more likely to eat fruit and veg if the adults around them do, so have regular family meals.
"Snack foods such as cereal bars and crackers can be high in salt, sugar and fat and as an occasional treat they are fine, but we would advise parents to choose less processed snack foods such as fruit or plain crackers with low fat cheddar. Comparing labels is helpful in choosing processed snack foods with lower fat, sugar and salt.
"Ideally the rules around food in schools should be a collective decision."
See www.safefood. eu/Publications/ Consumer-info/Healthy-lunchboxes.aspx.