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School meals should be healthier

Healthy school meals can improve a childs behaviour

Lovers of creative cuisine may be concerned about the nutritional value of children's school meals.

Charlotte Watts, nutritional therapist and co-author of The De-Stress Diet, claimed the government needs to do more to increase the quality of these ingredients.

She explained children's behaviour could be improved by this measure as a combination of macro and micro nutrients and sustainable energy can discipline a growing brain.

In terms of what contribution parents can make, she suggested offering fruit and nuts as snacks in order to emphasise the consumption of junk food as a treat rather than a habit.

"Children don't need to replace soft drinks with fruit juices - they contain just as much sugar - have water and the whole fruit itself or at least dilute fruit juices 1:1 with water," Ms Watts added.

Teaching youngsters to cook could also make a positive contribution to their development, as managing director of AVF marketing and founder of myschoollunch.co.uk Arnold Fewell claimed it can improve their teamwork skills.

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