Move Well, Eat Well
Surely some treat foods (like lollies, chips and cakes) are OK for kids? How do families work out how many are okay each day? Occasional foods and drinks, which we sometimes call ‘treats’ or ‘junk food’ don’t fit into the five food groups. These foods and drinks are low in nutrients and high in saturated fat, sugar and/or salt. If they are eaten often or in large quantities they can take the place of other more nutritious foods from the diet, which means you get a lot of extra energy but none of the goodness found in everyday foods. Kids need this goodness to grow and develop.
We all enjoy occasional food and drinks from time to time, but it is easy to have too much and too many of these foods and drinks and many people do. For children and adults who don’t do much activity, there isn’t much room for these foods. Some people need extra energy, for example children and adults who are within their healthy weight range and who are taller or more active. It is best if the extra energy for these people comes from the five food groups (especially wholegrain breads and cereals, vegetables and legumes/beans and fruit), but sometimes it can come from occasional food and drinks. For children up to about 8 years of age who are taller or more active, occasional food and drinks are best limited to no more than 2 serves a day. For older children and adolescents, who are taller or more active it would be better if these were limited to no more than 3 serves a day.
With thanks to Move Well Eat Well
Head of Junior School