According to a report by the Soil Association, thousands of restaurants and pubs across the UK are offering very few options for kids.
Describing many food outlets as often ‘unhealthy and unimaginative’, the report suggests that burgers and nuggets still dominate kids’ menus.
Children love simple food. Nuggets, Burgers, Pizza, Salad? Something sounds wrong there…
Whether we like it or not, many children would much rather have something unhealthy than a healthy salad. But why is this? Is it because they’re used to getting this at home? Is it because they like simple food? Or is it because they’re never given the option?
The Soil association, alongside organic baby food brand Organix sent undercover diners to 21 popular pubs and restaurants, and asked them to give their thoughts on what was available for children. The results showed that chains such as Wetherspoons and Wagamama came out on top for choice, but Burger King and KFC proved to have less options.
Just how shocked are you by these results though? If we were to visit Burger King, we would expect to eat a burger. If we went to KFC, we would expect to eat fried chicken. Surely parents who want more options for their children wouldn’t take them to niche restaurants?
“Our investigation reveals that most high street restaurants are not even meeting the most basic standards families should expect when they eat out. Most are still churning out children’s menus dominated by the usual suspects – burgers, nuggets and pizzas – turning the table into a battlefield for any parents wanting their child to eat well.” said Joanna Lewis head of policy at Soil Association.
“With very little creative thinking going on. We are talking about unhealthy and unimaginative menus. It is not simply a choice between turkey twizzlers and a superfood salad. Restaurants need to raise the bar and listen to parents who are saying they want fresh food, not ready meals, for their children – and the same kind of variety you would expect as an adult.” continued Joanna.
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