Executive Parents: Just What Snacks Are Your Children Feasting On at School?

English: Rack with Mexican-brand snack food at...

English: Rack with Mexican-brand snack food at a convenience store near Estadio Azteca in Mexico City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nine Out of Ten Snacks Consumed at School are Brought from Home – Fresh Fruit and Potato Chips Among Most Popular In-School Snacks

According to snacking research by The NPD Group, 90 percent of school snacks are brought from home and the most popular school snacks, whether eaten at lunch or at snack time, vary by age group.

School bells are ringing again and along with the daily bundle of books and school supplies are the all-important snacks. According to snacking research, students, ages 6-12, consume 4.1 snack-oriented convenience foods daily in and out of school, and teens, 13 to 17, consume 3.8 snacks daily, and the worst part is that a whopping 90% of school snacks are brought from home!

The most popular school snacks, whether eaten at lunch or at snack time, vary by age group and often the variation is due to when there is parental influence and when there isn’t. In the case of 6 to 12 year-olds, an age when parents often choose the foods and beverages their children eat, fresh fruit, fruit cups/applesauce, potato chips, meal kits, and yogurt are the top school snacks, according to NPD’s SnackTrack®. Teens, who tend to make their own food choices, include gum, fresh fruit, potato chips, chocolate bars/candy bars, and granola bars among their most popular school snacks. For both age groups, sandwiches are still the reigning school lunch entrée and are included in two-thirds of school brown bag lunches.

Snack foods are increasingly becoming a part of the lunch bag carried by children to school, just like snack foods are becoming part of main meals for all of us. The bottom line is that we don’t want to prepare foods more often. We don’t even want to make more sandwiches for our kid’s lunch bag, even though sandwiches are still the number one lunch bag item carried by a kid. Instead we are loading the kids’ lunch bag with easy-to-prepare snack products to be eaten at lunchtime.

Health is wealth, and it behooves parents to ensure that their children eat only healthy ones because it is a long-term health and obesity related issues that are bugging not just individuals but society as a whole!

From: NPD Group

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