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Nutritious Foods benefit Kids, but so do the Lunch Containers according to Experts

It is obvious that children in both Primary and Secondary education prefer the more convenient, and usually unhealthier, option of food and drink due to them being cheap, fast and admittedly tasty. This regime favoured by students has simply influenced school authorities to accommodate and just offer the unbalanced dietary option.

For many years now Nutrition experts and parents have urged Politicians and National and Local Governments to demand that fruits and vegetables be part of the school menu. It was initially squeezed into the menu billing but was overpowered by the inviting pizza, pasta and burger with chips. As school boards were not pressured by authorities they continued to operate lunches in this manner.

However as Politicians and the Government realised how much harm a bad diet could affect kids’ lives today and their future health, they initiated a ruling that saw fruit and vegetables be almost equal to the convenience foods on the option board. This collated selection of nutritious goods came accompanied with trivial facts on their benefits. As a way of making the sometimes bland ingredients more exciting, schools delivered them in either Salad Containers or Kids Meal Boxes.

This new movement was a relief to professionals and parents and a marker that healthy foods were a priority. As experts and guardians were so focused on improving the foods in the lunches, they did not even give a moment’s thought about the Packaging or Containers (lunch boxes) and how they too could hazard the young.

This was a mistake according to both Jeff Stier and Henry I. Miller, contributors of Forbes.

‘We thought that everyone could agree that the year-round availability of low-cost, appetizing and healthful fruits and vegetables to school-kids is a good thing. We were naïve’.

Henry I. Miller (Forbes, 2015)

The multiple Biomedical Scientist and FDA Drug Regulator researched a study performed by the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology that found children in schools lent more towards the packaged fruit over the loose. While this seems an obscure problem as the kids involved are still eating vitamins, their favour for the concealed could be doing more harm than good.

‘Schools are exposing kids to potentially dangerous levels of toxic chemicals from food packaging because of “schools’ efforts to streamline food preparation and meet federal nutrition standards while keeping costs low.’

Henry I. Miller (Forbes, 2015)

According to Miller early school containments and Foils of fruit and vegetables traced the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA), a material used to produce plastics for water bottles and CDs. This is highly soluble and can seep into the food contents, thus inviting unwanted antibodies.

Caption: Figure 1 Surveys suggest that school kids opted for the canned and packaged fruit and vegetables. Such containers can trace toxins that could harm those eating the food.  Image from www.healthychild.org

 

These unwanted alien characters into children’s food, and the potential aftermath of infection, brought out concerns yet again of the parents. Once the army of protestors for fruit and veg to be on the school menu, they succeeded in doing so but now seemed unhappy with the resulting outcome.

Simply, again according to Miller, the Government and school authorities wanted to introduce this new batch of nutrition at the lowest cost, i.e. cheapest of packaging. As BPA is soluble and can endorse mass amount of plastic with little financial input, the two governing bodies were of course going to be in favour.

From the outside looking in the contained appeared impressive. It promoted the standards of Containers with Clip-close Cartons, Hinges and Coated Paper Boxes, but all are valid for preventing contamination from outer reaches. It is a totally different case if the toxin is already within the packaged.

Recently parents and health organisations have marched towards Politicians and schools in order to either improve the plastic and/ or Biodegradable packaging of fruit and vegetables by removing BPA, or for manufacturers to innovate secure reusable or Disposable lunch boxes.  

Caption: Figure 2
To the majority plastic containers (as shown) appear safe and secure. Many however have been manufactured with BPA, which can seep into the contained food.
 
 
Image from www.pureproactive.com

 

Featured in a countdown list ‘The 10 Best Lunch Boxes’ by Clare Dwyer Hogg of the Independent in 2013, a number of containers had took the recent issues of toxins and contamination into account and nurtured products that would cater for fruit, veg and all nutrition’s by being Shaped Containers to protect and hygienic.

One was a Snap Tight lunch box with Base and Lid compartments. It sealed the contents via fork clips, a type of Grip Seal, to keep freshness. This was categorised alongside the ‘Joules Horse Print’ and the ‘Packit Mini’. The former was a machine washable pack resistant at temperatures of up to 30 degrees, but most valid had been designed to please the parent. The latter was in fact a durable freezer bag dispensed to keep foods chilled and kill Bacteria. The PVC materialism rather than BPA made the product eco-friendly also.

All innovations mentioned above were and are great and beneficial food containers, but one that prioritised the handling of fruit and veg was the ‘Concentrate Fruit Friendly Lunch Box’ (see Figure 3). Emerging from the BBC television show Dragons’ Den, this model started to be stocked at the retailer John Lewis. It not only encourages kids to eat five fruit and vegetables per day, but has been specifically designed as a space for fruit, with two separate plastic pots.

The new pack lunch boxes are safer food packaging solutions due to focusing on the benefits of children and to please the parents, but as they majority are also ‘BPA Friendly’.

This is not to say that the food packaging of Sandwich Packaging, Soup Containers and Food Wrapping Papers are not safe if manufactured correctly with investment.

As however authorities opted for the cheapest price over safety, the newly introduced lunch boxes will come as welcomed news for parents.  

 

Caption: Figure 3
Image taken from www.johnlewis.com

 

 

 


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Nutritious Foods benefit Kids, but so do the Lunch Containers according to Experts

It is obvious that children in both Primary and Secondary education prefer the more convenient, and usually unhealthier, option of food and drink due to them being cheap, fast and admittedly tasty. This regime favoured by students has simply influenced school authorities to accommodate and just offer the unbalanced dietary option.

For many years now Nutrition experts and parents have urged Politicians and National and Local Governments to demand that fruits and vegetables be part of the school menu. It was initially squeezed into the menu billing but was overpowered by the inviting pizza, pasta and burger with chips. As school boards were not pressured by authorities they continued to operate lunches in this manner.

However as Politicians and the Government realised how much harm a bad diet could affect kids’ lives today and their future health, they initiated a ruling that saw fruit and vegetables be almost equal to the convenience foods on the option board. This collated selection of nutritious goods came accompanied with trivial facts on their benefits. As a way of making the sometimes bland ingredients more exciting, schools delivered them in either Salad Containers or Kids Meal Boxes.

This new movement was a relief to professionals and parents and a marker that healthy foods were a priority. As experts and guardians were so focused on improving the foods in the lunches, they did not even give a moment’s thought about the Packaging or Containers (lunch boxes) and how they too could hazard the young.

This was a mistake according to both Jeff Stier and Henry I. Miller, contributors of Forbes.

‘We thought that everyone could agree that the year-round availability of low-cost, appetizing and healthful fruits and vegetables to school-kids is a good thing. We were naïve’.

Henry I. Miller (Forbes, 2015)

The multiple Biomedical Scientist and FDA Drug Regulator researched a study performed by the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology that found children in schools lent more towards the packaged fruit over the loose. While this seems an obscure problem as the kids involved are still eating vitamins, their favour for the concealed could be doing more harm than good.

‘Schools are exposing kids to potentially dangerous levels of toxic chemicals from food packaging because of “schools’ efforts to streamline food preparation and meet federal nutrition standards while keeping costs low.’

Henry I. Miller (Forbes, 2015)

According to Miller early school containments and Foils of fruit and vegetables traced the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA), a material used to produce plastics for water bottles and CDs. This is highly soluble and can seep into the food contents, thus inviting unwanted antibodies.

Caption: Figure 1 Surveys suggest that school kids opted for the canned and packaged fruit and vegetables. Such containers can trace toxins that could harm those eating the food.  Image from www.healthychild.org

 

These unwanted alien characters into children’s food, and the potential aftermath of infection, brought out concerns yet again of the parents. Once the army of protestors for fruit and veg to be on the school menu, they succeeded in doing so but now seemed unhappy with the resulting outcome.

Simply, again according to Miller, the Government and school authorities wanted to introduce this new batch of nutrition at the lowest cost, i.e. cheapest of packaging. As BPA is soluble and can endorse mass amount of plastic with little financial input, the two governing bodies were of course going to be in favour.

From the outside looking in the contained appeared impressive. It promoted the standards of Containers with Clip-close Cartons, Hinges and Coated Paper Boxes, but all are valid for preventing contamination from outer reaches. It is a totally different case if the toxin is already within the packaged.

Recently parents and health organisations have marched towards Politicians and schools in order to either improve the plastic and/ or Biodegradable packaging of fruit and vegetables by removing BPA, or for manufacturers to innovate secure reusable or Disposable lunch boxes.  

Caption: Figure 2
To the majority plastic containers (as shown) appear safe and secure. Many however have been manufactured with BPA, which can seep into the contained food.
 
 
Image from www.pureproactive.com

 

Featured in a countdown list ‘The 10 Best Lunch Boxes’ by Clare Dwyer Hogg of the Independent in 2013, a number of containers had took the recent issues of toxins and contamination into account and nurtured products that would cater for fruit, veg and all nutrition’s by being Shaped Containers to protect and hygienic.

One was a Snap Tight lunch box with Base and Lid compartments. It sealed the contents via fork clips, a type of Grip Seal, to keep freshness. This was categorised alongside the ‘Joules Horse Print’ and the ‘Packit Mini’. The former was a machine washable pack resistant at temperatures of up to 30 degrees, but most valid had been designed to please the parent. The latter was in fact a durable freezer bag dispensed to keep foods chilled and kill Bacteria. The PVC materialism rather than BPA made the product eco-friendly also.

All innovations mentioned above were and are great and beneficial food containers, but one that prioritised the handling of fruit and veg was the ‘Concentrate Fruit Friendly Lunch Box’ (see Figure 3). Emerging from the BBC television show Dragons’ Den, this model started to be stocked at the retailer John Lewis. It not only encourages kids to eat five fruit and vegetables per day, but has been specifically designed as a space for fruit, with two separate plastic pots.

The new pack lunch boxes are safer food packaging solutions due to focusing on the benefits of children and to please the parents, but as they majority are also ‘BPA Friendly’.

This is not to say that the food packaging of Sandwich Packaging, Soup Containers and Food Wrapping Papers are not safe if manufactured correctly with investment.

As however authorities opted for the cheapest price over safety, the newly introduced lunch boxes will come as welcomed news for parents.  

 

Caption: Figure 3
Image taken from www.johnlewis.com

 

 

 


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