Whilst children are at nursery school they need foods which will help them to maintain energy throughout the day.
Currently children are given too much salty food in portion sizes which vary hugely with some portions big enough for ten year olds and others lacking in important nutrients.
The Local Authority Co-ordinators of Regulatory Service, asked trading standards officers in 29 councils to check on the lunches and snacks offered by 118 nurseries over a five day period.
The findings provided an inside look into the food offered to more than 600,000 children every day at their nursery schools.
It was found that children are not offered much food during mid morning or the afternoon, some children only receiving half an apple or pear to keep them going till lunch. Come the afternoon and many children were offered no snack at all and for those who were it was mainly just banana or grape pieces.
Though most nurseries offered a good diet too many meals were based on processed meat such as sausages and ham and too many nurseries used packet mixes for gravy and sauces which are high in salt.
It has been advised that nurseries cut down on excessive use of bread and cheese and try to include more green vegetables, pulses, eggs, oily fish and red meat all of which are good sources of iron, zinc and calcium.
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