Most parents have given up trying to get their kids to eat fruit and veg


by Emma Dodds |
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Research has found that half of British mums and dads have ‘given up’ trying to get their kids to eat their ‘five-a-day’

A poll of 2,000 parents of children up to age 10, found 41% have abandoned attempting to get greens into kids’ diets because they are more concerned about ensuring they eat full stop.

The research, commissioned by home appliance manufacturer Beko, also found that a shocking 29% have lost their patience trying to get their youngsters to eat a healthy diet, with one in five saying they have given up because they were tired or in a rush.

And worryingly, 5% confessed they simply don’t think it’s important for their children to get their five-a-day.

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CLOSER chocolate bars we miss

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1) Cadbury Coconut Boost

The core centre made up of dessicated coconut combined with a normal Boost bar was just too good - why on EARTH was this masterpiece ever taken out of circulation?!

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2) Dairy Milk Tiffin

After being off the shelves for years, Tiffin made its comeback in 2016. Hallelujah!

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3) Mars Delight

That caramel and chocolate cream filling mixed with that wafer, was a pure delight. Sadly, we despite people's efforts, this Mars chocolate bar won't be returning anytime soon.

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4) Cadbury Marble

Milk and white chocolate AND praline in one bar? Yup. Cadbury's really are one of the best at coming up with new recipes.

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5) Cadbury Spira

Two fingers of Dairy Milk with chocolate spiralling around the outside... YUM.

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6) Time Out

The Time Out was very slyly taken off the shelves - basically a chocolate wafer, but SO MUCH MORE. Thankfully, they still exist in shops as a single wafer.

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7) Cadbury Snow Flake

The geniuses at Cadbury decided to merge their white Dream chocolate with the standard flake to create utter perfection in this little bar. But why, oh why, did they stop making them?!

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8) Rowntree's Cabana

Coconut, caramel, cherries and chocolate – the ultimate tropical chocolate bar, right?

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9) Trio

TRIO! TRIOOOO! I want Trio and I want one now!

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10) Cadbury Dream

Possibly one of the best additions to the Heroes tin at Christmas.

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11) Cadbury Fuse

Nuts, raisins, fudge and cereal pieces all in one chocolate bar?! It's years since we last saw a Fuse bar around. Sob.

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12) Terry's Pyramint

Basically, a pyramid version of an After Eight but with a slightly sloppier middle. We miss these!

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13) KitKat Senses

We can't for the life of us think why these went extinct. But they've been refashioned in a selection box, so that's something at least.

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14) Milkybar Choo

We're hoping this one will make a comeback. The strange combination of white chocolate and fudge worked surprisingly perfectly.

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15) Cadbury Taz Bar

When Taz became extinct, this chocolate bar was revolutionised as a Freddo bar with caramel. But we miss that devil.

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16) Twix Top

This was the highlight of our school packed lunches... Anyone else?!

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17) Cadbury Snaps

They're like Pringles - but chocolate. And just like our favourite snack, you couldn't ever just have one Snap!

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18) Rowntree's Secret

Withdrawn due to low sales volumes, the marshmallow centre wrapped in thick chocolate was a real treat back in the day.

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19) Cadbury Wispa Mint

We've all had a Wispa, haven't we? But the mint version had an extra edge to it that was just simply divine. Sigh.

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20) Texan

The mighty chew.

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21) Flyte

Forget Maltesers, this really was a lighter way to enjoy chocolate.

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21) White maltesers

Despite fans clamouring for the return of the white chocolate delights, Mars say they have no intention of bringing them back. Sob!

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23) Galaxy Truffle

The fan favourite was inexplicably removed and replaced by Twix in Celebrations tubs back in 2011. It's clear that some people are not over it as a petition was made in 2018 to bring the chocolate back.A spokesperson said: "We're always interested in hearing our fans' views on the products they love, but we don't have any current plans to bring back Galaxy Truffles."Get in the bin.

In addition, three quarters of parents surveyed admitted they struggled to feed their youngsters fruit and vegetables, with one in 10 stating fresh food goes off before they have a chance to eat it.

And 28% of children avoid their veggies because they simply don’t like the taste.

Ironically, it would seem the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree with parents getting just three portions of fruit and veg daily themselves.

As a result, six in 10 have resorted to ‘tricking’ their children into eating their veggies such as hiding them in other foods or bribing them.

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It’s fair to say parents are giving it their best shot, with 85% explaining the value of a healthy diet to their little ones, but just half think their wise words actually have an impact.

One in five said their kids’ friends have the most influence on their choice of foods, with an equal number in agreement their school plays the biggest part.

Mums and dads admitted to first ‘giving up’ on getting greens in their kids at the tender age of four, but nearly one third confessed to exaggerating their veggie feeding endeavours to keep up appearances.

Seven in 10 parents have confessed to battling with their youngsters to try and get them to eat their greens when they don’t want to.

Do you agree with these stats? Do your kids eat their greens, or have you given up too? Let us know over on Facebook and Twitter.


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