Blog - Lunch Box Ideas and Recipes
Posted on 11:20am Tuesday 12th Oct 2010
Listed under: Ideas
Lunch time at school is a chance for our children to have a break, socialise and recharge, but hazards like junk food, toxic food containers and bacteria can make the lunch box and its content unsafe for children. Recent research shows that 82% of lunchboxes contain foods high in saturated fat, salt and sugar. Many food containers and drink bottles used by children in British schools contain Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that has been banned in several countries due to health risks. Another potential danger with lunch boxes is the bacteria that can grow in food when it is left unrefrigerated for extended period of times. However, these ‘dangers’ can easily be avoided by making a few changes to how we pack our children’s lunches.
Possible negative effects of BPA exposure to humans include lowered sperm count and infertility, early puberty in children, resistance to insulin and behavioural changes. Some countries have banned the use of BPA in baby milk bottles, children’s products and even in food contact plastics. Those wishing to lower their everyday exposure to BPA, should avoid canned food and invest in BPA free drinking bottles and food containers.
My Friendly Lunchbox is a recently launched website for everyone who is interested in packing a lunch that is healthy and safe for our children but also kind to the environment. All lunch boxes, bottles, wrappers and food containers are free from BPA, lead and phthalates and make it easy to pack a waste free lunch.