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Mums have to sneak healthy food in meals

MOST mothers are being forced to sneak healthy food into their children's meals in a bid to improve their diets.

Four out of five mothers admitted to covertly making family meals healthier without their partners or children knowing, according to the poll of 1,000 women.

The survey, conducted by Morrisons supermarket and website Netmums, found half (51pc) hid vegetables in recipes, while a quarter (26pc) had refused to tell family members the real ingredients in a healthy meal to avoid putting them off.

The research also revealed women had concerns about the diets of their partners, with 82pc not confident their husband or boyfriend were getting five portions of fruit and vegetables each day.

Nazli Dag, nutritionist for Morrisons' NuMe healthy eating range, said the findings painted a picture of modern mothers as "Mum-tritionists" who are responsible for keeping the entire family healthy.

"It's a concern that quite so many mums have had to resort to secretive measures to introduce healthy eating to family mealtimes," she said.

"We know being a mum can be a tough and time-consuming job, so hearing how they make time to prepare healthy meals that suit everyone's tastes in their daily lives has been an eye opener."

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Siobhan Freegard, founder of Netmums, said: "It's surprising to see that mums have concerns about the eating habits of their partners.

"It isn't uncommon for mums to admit to bribing their children with treats or hide vegetables in meals, to encourage eating a healthy meal."

Some 85pc of mothers claimed their partners secretly snacked on unhealthy foods when outside the house.

Almost half (48pc) felt an average child's diet was unhealthier today than when they were young, while 17pc said their children refused to eat anything which was healthy.

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