Should we worry about children snacking?

The notion of snacking is deeply embedded in our culture. But does it matter what children
eat when they snack?

When children have a snack between meals they mostly do it because everyone else does it. Their friends, their parents… everyone has a snack. It’s what we do in Britain.

Interestingly it is not something that is commonplace in every country, and even where it is, not every country takes snacking so seriously. Indeed the word “snack” comes from the middle English word snacken – “to bite”. It is just that we have extended the notion somewhat.

Children who snack are not necessarily hungry (although some will claim to be “starving”) but rather snacking is a habit. It is what they, their friends, and most likely their parents, do.

In the end there is nothing much wrong with snacking in itself, but there is everything wrong with snacking too much and with snacking on the wrong foods.

And this is where the problem arises because many children (along with many of their parents) simply don’t know which foods are healthy and which ones are not.

Which is why it is important that we help children to discover healthier food rather than the foods that may lead them into overeating and being overweight (now an issue for 64% of the UK population).

And this, in turn, is why we have set up the Tasty Tuck Shop – a simple-to-run school tuck shop based entirely on healthy food and drink.

You pick and choose the snacks you sell so that your Tuck Shop stays varied and appealing – and your teaching colleagues can help the children to understand more about the healthier options that the shop offers.

We make a Tuck Shop simple to set up, there are no set up forms, etc, and we supply posters, nutritional information, display stands, and an example letter to give to parents.

The snacks sell for as little as 35p, and our ‘Healthy Range’ fully complies with the new ‘National School Food Standards’ that were introduced January 2015.

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