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    Nutrition and Food Based Standards

    To adhere to the National Nutritional Standards for Primary Schools, lunches contain at least one item from the following food groups:


    § starchy foods such as bread, potatoes, rice and pasta (starchy food cooked in oil or fat is not served more than three times a week);

    § fruit and a vegetable is available every day; fruit-based desserts are available twice a week;

    § milk and dairy foods;

    § meat, fish and alternative sources of protein; red meat is served at least twice a week, and fish at least once a week.


    Children grow quickly and often become even more active when they start school, They need an adequate intake of energy and a diet that provides all the nutrients needed for growth and development. By this age all children should be consuming a varied and balanced diet that is in line with the eatwell plate. This is why there are the 14 minerals and nutrients that our Primary School Meal menu is designed to offer


    Energy

    Energy enables children to concentrate learn and play at school

    Carbohydrate

    Starchy carbohydrate should provide the main source of energy in the diet

    Non – milk extrinsic (NME) sugars

    A diet high in NME sugars can contribute to tooth decay

    Fat

    High fat intake can lead to excess energy intake and weight gain

    Saturated Fat

    A diet high in saturated fat can cause high cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease

    Protein

    Protein is important for the growth and repair of body tissues like muscles

    Dietary Fibre

    Fibre assists bowel function and prevents problems such as constipation

    Sodium

    Limit the amount eaten

    Vitamin A

    Found in many fruit and vegetables

    Vitamin C

    Vitamin C is an antioxidant which may help to protect the body from infections

    Folate

    Folate is essential for blood cells, the nervous system and helps prevent anaemia

    Calcium

    Calcuim is essential for strong teeth and bones

    Iron

    Iron is needed for the production of red blood cells , which carry oxygen around the body

    Zinc

    Zinc is used by the body for growth and tissue repair, wound healing and by the immune system

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