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33% of children ‘eat crisps daily’

Just over half (58%) of eight to 15-year-olds eat healthy snacks such as fruit, vegetables, seeds or rice cakes compared with 89% who choose “standard” snacks including crisps, biscuits, confectionery and cakes, the YouGov SixthSense study found.

And confectionery as a whole is more popular than fruit, with 63% of children eating it as a snack compared with 54% opting for the latter.

Almost seven in 10 children snack at least once a day, with 16% doing so twice a day or more.

Fruit is the post popular snack among British adults (51%), followed by crisps (43%), sweet or chocolate biscuits (40%), chocolate bars (36%) and other chocolate confectionery (27%).

The study found 46% of male crisp eaters say they eat them because they are hungry, while 36% of women say they eat them to satisfy cravings.

Only 14% of adults consider their children to be slightly overweight and just 1% very overweight, while 2% of eight to 15-year-olds are on a diet.

YouGov SixthSense research director James McCoy said: “Anyone concerned about childhood obesity in Britain will likely find this report alarming. While it’s encouraging that fruit rates highly as a snack choice for children, they are still eating far more crisps and confectionery products.

“With a third of eight to 15-year-olds eating crisps every single day it’s clear that more needs to be done to make healthier snack options more appealing to children.”

YouGov surveyed 2,100 adults between January 23-26 and 502 children aged eight to 15 between January 18-24.



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Dog or cat in our curry: Fears over ‘mystery meat’ in takeaway which has baffled experts

NA tests ruled out lamb, beef, chicken, pork, goat, horse – and even human flesh – leaving the grim possibility it could be dog or cat

It was on the takeway menu as a lamb curry – but it baffled food experts who later examined it.

They were surprised when they found the meaty chunks in the spicy sauce did not contain a single trace of lamb.

And the mystery deepened as DNA tests went on to rule out beef, chicken, pork, goat, horse – and even human flesh.

Eventually they were left with the grim possibility that the unidentified ingredient could be dog or cat meat.

The shock finding is the latest unpleasant twist in the recent horsemeat scandal.

It was revealed in a BBC3 documentary, The Horsemeat Banquet, last night.

The Indian curry was bought at random from an unnamed takeaway in London, along with burgers, kebabs and Chinese dishes, as part of a special investigation.

They were all sent for analysis with some unappetising results that may give many fast-food lovers pause for thought.

A show spokesman said: “Just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse, the results came in for an Indian lamb curry.

“It did contain meat – but it was not lamb, not pork, nor was it chicken or beef. Not horse, and not goat either.

“At this moment, the lab is unable to identify exactly which animal this meat came from.”

Nutritionist Surinder Phull added: “It’s absolutely terrifying because if it isn’t any of the meats we know, well what is it?

“Where has it come from? Where was it slaughtered? Was it hygienic? Was it covered in bacteria?”

The documentary makers also found a beef burger that contained no beef, apart from blood and heart.

And the meat in a beef in black bean sauce dish contained mainly chicken blood and chicken scraps, with very little beef.

The only fast food that lived up to its name was a lamb doner kebab – so often the butt of jokes – that was pure lamb.

One expert said: “It was quite amazing to find something with no stray ingredients.”

The documentary set out to challenge pre-conceived ideas about food, but filming took a unforeseen turn when six samples of popular takeaways were tested.

It is the first time an unknown meat has been proved to be on sale in the high street since the horse burger scandal hit the headlines 11 weeks ago.

So far, more than 5,000 tests ordered by the Food Standards Agency have been carried out with 44 positive for horse – including meals at schools, day centres and care homes.

Rogue meat making its way undetected on British shelves has been linked to abattoirs in Eastern Europe, Ireland and even the UK.

The scandal uncovered a bigger problem across the food industry, leading to many supermarkets pulling a number of household brands from their shelves.

Yesterday the Mirror revealed how shoppers appeared to be starting to regain their trust, with meat sales showing the first signs of recovery.

Beef and ready meal sales were both rising after taking a major slump at the height of the crisis.
Nightmare menu


Chicken muttras

Barker dhal

Onion budgie

Collie-flower bhaji

Prawn purri

…and to drink

An ice-cold glass of lassie