For fruit’s sake

Schools are constantly taking it too far when it comes to health and safety, first there was the scandal of a school banning triangular flapjacks because they were “a danger to pupils if thrown”. Now, in another school in England, fruit juice is being banned from children’s lunch boxes.

The primary school in Kent have banned children from taking fruit juice to school as part of a health drive to cut down on sugary drinks, stating that pupils will only be allowed to consume water or milk during the day.

This all came about after campaigners found many children’s juices contain at least 6 teaspoons of sugar- more than what is in a can of Coca-Cola.
New advice also recommends that children aged between 4 and 6-years-old should consume no more than 19g of sugar (approx 5 sugar cubes) per day. Children aged from 7 to 10-years-old should not consume more than 24g of sugar (approx 6 sugar cubes) per day.
And for those children aged 11-years-old and over, the recommendations state that no more than 30g (approx 7 sugar cubes) per day should be consumed. Therefore, the recommendations mean that one can of Coke, containing 35g of sugar, would take a person over their daily limit of 30g of sugar for adults.

The headteacher of the primary school states that her decision has prompted a mixed response, with some parents arguing their children could dehydrate at school if they dislike water or milk. She told sources; “a child will not dehydrate themselves. They will drink water when they’re thirsty and if water is the only option they will drink it.” Does she have any idea how stubborn children can be? If they don’t like water they will simply refuse to drink it. End of.

The pupils have also called the ban ‘unfair’ and have complained how their friends at other schools are not having to obey these rules.

However, the school’s police does not extend to sugary foods, with fresh fruit, cakes, biscuits and hot puddings available from  the canteen, although it is requested that chocolate is not included in lunch boxes.

Other schools across England are implying similar measures with one in Dagenham even pouring sugary drinks down the sink if pupils take them to school.

Is all of this getting a little out of hand? I mean, yes I understand that all the recommendations are to reduce health problems in children etc but not all children like water or milk, and if a child doesn’t like something then there is no way they will consume it. No matter what anyone says.


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