Shop-bought and school lunches higher in calories, fat and sugar than home-made lunches
Researchers at Dublin City University have found that shop-bought and school lunches were of a lower nutritional value than home-made lunches in new research which surveyed the nutritional quality of school day lunches among Irish teenagers.
The study found that lunches provided by schools or purchased in outlets near schools contained higher levels of calories, added sugars and fat and highlighted that food outlets close to schools can have a negative impact on teenagers’ food choices.
Calls have been made for the Department of Education and schools to consider policies that improve school food practices and minimise students’ exposure to unhealthy food environments. Initiatives that encourage teenagers to opt for home-made are also recommended.