Eden Project tops healthy eating out list

A Soil Association survey of visitor attraction catering has given the Eden Project 99/150 for healthy eating and local sourcing.

Kew was sixth out of 20 attractions, while Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was 12th. The Natural History Museum was last in the list with 22/150.

The Out to Lunch campaign has uncovered a lack of healthy choices for children at popular family attractions. Some 75 per cent of children’s lunchboxes didn’t include any veg or salad options. Half of attractions offered lunchboxes including muffins, cakes and sweet treats, but no fresh fruit. These findings come weeks after the Government announced new plans to tackle childhood obesity.

Secret diner parents reported that while sugary drinks were readily available, few attractions were prominently providing free fresh drinking water for children.

At no attractions were healthy drinks the normal option in vending machines.

Only 14 per cent of parents said children’s food at popular attractions is "good enough".

Rob Percival, Soil Association Policy Officer, said: "Visitor attractions are making life hard for parents who want to enjoy a healthy and happy day out. Lunchboxes loaded with sugar and unimaginative ultra-processed foods are the norm. So long as junk-filled lunchboxes continue to dominate family outings, parents will have a hard time convincing their children that healthy food can be a treat too."


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