Food for thought at change in children’s eating habits

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14 August 2017 2:01PM

According to a new poll, British kids have eaten curry by the age of five, mussels by the age of six and sushi by the age of seven.

New research has revealed a list of foods schoolchildren eat today, which many of their parents hadn’t tried until they were adults.

These foods include frogs’ legs, saffron, steak tartare, souffle and oysters, chillies, mussels and feta.

In the study by Giraffe World Kitchen, 41 per cent said their children will happily try foods that they wouldn’t be overly keen to try themselves, with 27 per cent saying their kids can competently use chopsticks,

I’m not sure who these children are, but I have never met them. Over the years, I have been around kids who like ice-cream, beans, toast, pizza, nuggets, Coco Pops, Haribo and chips, preferably on the same plate.

The children I have met think they are doing their parents a favour by eating four peas, a slice of apple, a sliver of carrot and a mouthful of orange juice.

If you thought Joan of Arc was a martyr, try dealing with a five-year-old who has just eaten a large piece of broccoli.

In the Smug Mothers bible, used by some women to make other women feel bad about their lives, bribing our children with desserts and pudding to eat some vegetable is so wrong it should be made a criminal offence.

I’ll be honest, I can’t remember a meal where I didn’t leave a pile of syrup-covered sugar in my children’s eyeline to entice them to eat half a cauliflower floret and a thumb-sized piece of butternut squash.

Sure it was immoral, but I was too demented to care.

Smug Mothers may inform other new mothers that children take to food flavours like ducklings to water.

The reality is 12 years of bribing and threatening your kids every single day to eat properly, before they turn vegan and angrily show you pictures of slaughtered cattle at your dinner table.

However, most of us who were kids in the 70s can’t really judge the younger generation for their love of fast food.

We grew up living on Spangles, Toffos, butterscotch Angel Delight, Texan bars and 10p bags of sweets the size of a carrier bag.

It is probably no surprise that those of us of a certain age have at least four fillings.

Although I can’t remember any bribing to eat meals back then; it was “eat that food” or starve.

As part of the poll, it also said that four in 10 of the parents surveyed said they love posting pictures of the fancy food their kids have tried on social media.

Look, I know parents are proud of their offspring; it is a natural thing. I’m not judging.

But just who is deluded enough to think that the plate of hummus with herb crackers their children had for lunch was of any interest whatsoever to a group outside of grandparents?

If you have encouraged your children to eat spicy and exotic foods with relish, I have only admiration for you.

But please keep the photos of plates on your phone.

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