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Schoolkids shown what really goes into junk food

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:12 05 October 2010

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SCHOOLKIDS have been given a shock' demonstration about what really goes into junk food. The Real Fast Food Show' turned up in London's East End to show how takeaways compares to healthy school meals

SCHOOLKIDS have been given a shock’ demonstration about what really goes into junk food.

The Real Fast Food Show’ turned up in London’s East End on Wednesday to show how takeaways compares to healthy school meals.

The show staged at Bethnal Green’s Oaklands Secondary pitted two chefs against each other in a cook off’ showing the way food is heated up and the ingredients used in a typical fast food outlet, comparing it with how it’s done in the school kitchen.

Some pupils couldn’t believe what they saw.

SALTS AND STUFF

“It’s made me think twice about eating takeaway food,” said 14-year-old Farhana Begum who was invited on stage to take part.

“I’m really surprised at the salts and preservatives in fast foods.”

This show has been a chance for Town Hall education bosses at Tower Hamlets to encourage pupils to see school meals as a healthy option for lunch in an area which has one of London’s worst child obesity rates.

The authority’s Lead Member for Children’s Services, Clair Hawkins, said: “It’s an effective way to reinforce healthy eating’ messages that we hope will stay with them into adulthood.”

The cooking demonstrations throughout the day on a kitchen set in the school hall was the latest phase of the School Food Trust’s campaign to raise awareness among youngsters about a healthy lifestyle.

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