Have you met the child who prefers chia seeds to chips? That one who likes lettuce over lentils?
You know the type, the one whose mother will coyly profess their child always goes for the fruit sticks at the birthday party instead of the chocolate crackles.
I’ve always envied the boasting ability that kind of dietary stamina brings.
Oh don’t worry about a lolly bag for Lucy, she’d refer to just take a piece of watermelon home.
My kids look amazed at such preferences – they are the type who go straight to the cheezels, delighted in the ability to indulge when presented with the opportunity.
Should I offer them the choice of fish and chips or salad and veggie lasagna it doesn’t take a genius to work out which one they pick every time.
( The key is, I’ve learnt, not to let them choose…)
But a study out today has shown that three in five parents are concerned about the fact that their child prefers processed food, with nearly half of Australian parents concerned their child is actually unable to make healthy food choices.
The kids don't even know what they are choosing.
The survey, by Medibank and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation found that one in five primary school children couldn’t say where fresh food came from, one in four didn’t know that butter comes from cow’s milk, apples and bananas are grown on trees; that potatoes are grown underground; or that tomatoes are grown on vines and two-thirds of parents said their children couldn’t bake a potato, and less could boil an egg.
It showed that boys are even less likely than girls to know how to cook rice on the stove, how to bake a potato, or how to boil an egg. They found that children who knew more about how food is grown and where food comes from were more likely to know how to perform these tasks.