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A third of kids think cheese is from trees

Cheese comes from plants and fish fingers are made of chicken, according to a significant number of children questioned on their knowledge of where food comes from.

A survey of more than 27,500 children found that nearly a third (29pc) of primary school children think that cheese comes from plants, and nearly one in five (18pc) primary school children said that fish fingers comes from chicken.

The research – by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) – also found that one in 10 secondary school children believe that tomatoes grow under the ground.

FRUIT

More than three-quarters (77pc) of primary school children and nearly nine out of every 10 (88pc) secondary school pupils know that people should consume five or more portions of fruit and vegetables each day.

However, 67pc of primary school children and 81pc of secondary school pupils reported eating four or less portions of fruit and vegetables daily, while two in every five children at secondary school did not think that frozen fruit and vegetables count towards their five a day.

The research also shows that a significant number of children do not eat breakfast each morning, which increases with the age of the children.

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