Published: 03/19/2007 - Updated: 08/14/2019
Author: Dra. Loredana Lunadei
Fish consumption in school Spaniards canteens, both private and public, is less than what is recommended by nutritionists, according to a study by Announces Fund Regulatory and Market Organization of the Products of Marine Fisheries and Cultures (FROM).
The study, conducted in 1147 schools, aimed to check the status of fish consumption in the menus and how it is hosted in school. In addition to the questionnaire, there was "an observer" sent out to school each day to get information about the reactions of children, the ration was offered and how the food was presented.
This study shows that consumption of this product in the school menus is "insufficient" and that among students of schools there is "ignorance" because, among other reasons, "they do not eat fish in the families," said Isabel Hernandez, secretary FROM. Hernandez explained that fish consumption in school menus occurs 1.73 times per week, compared to the "four or five times that are recommended by nutritionists." Also, an average of 103 grams of fish was offered, despite the recommendation is 150 grams, she said.
Families with children up to six years consume 16 to 18 kilograms of fish and those with children up to 16 years only 21 kilograms, while the average in Spain is 37 kilos per capita per year, Hernandez explained that is virtually no difference in other autonomous communities.
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