Blog: Dean BestBritish kids are a bunch of turnips

Dean Best | 1 August 2008

It's official. We're all eating more fruit and veg.

The latest stats from the research boffins at Datamonitor show fruit and veg consumption is up in the UK as consumers look to eat more healthily.

You know what they say about stats but, come on, it must be true. I myself even bought a bag of clementines last weekend from Morrisons. (The girl behind the checkout almost collapsed in shock).

However, what they say about stats is true because, no sooner had we praised our fellow Britons for eating healthily, than another study breezed across the just-food news desk with some shocking findings about the nation's children. And no, it doesn't involve knives.

According to restaurant chain Tootsies, the level of knowledge among kids about fruit and veg... well, let's just say a school report would say: “Must do better”.

Tootsies interviewed 200 children between the ages of 11 and 13 and their ability to pick out some of the most common items of fruit and veg was pretty woeful.

The study claimed that over a third of kids could not identify a bunch of celery.

Worse still, more than one in five didn't know what a potato looks like, Tootsies said.

Good to see the future health of the nation is in good hands...


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