Are Packed Lunches Less Healthy than School Dinners?

A review of the research –  “A repeated cross-sectional survey assessing changes in diet and nutrient quality of English primary school children’s packed lunches between 2006 and 2016” –  on the contents of lunchboxes in primary schools in England; researchers’ results, reasons for being cautious and interpretation from NHS Behind the Headlines.

The researchers conclude: “Packed lunches remain low quality with few meeting [nutritional] standards set for school meals [as laid out in School Foods Standards]. Provision of sugars has reduced due to reductions in provision and portion size of sugary drinks and packaged sweet foods, however, provision of some nutrients has worsened.”