Presented the contributions to the Royal Decree project that restricts the programming of meats in school menus

On October 7, the possibility of being able to make contributions to the Royal Decree that will establish the food safety and nutrition regulations for the promotion of healthy nutrition in educational centers ended. From the interprofessionals, of which Anafric is a part, a series of contributions have been presented that, according to the document, “are aligned with the objectives set out in the regulatory initiative to guarantee a high level of health protection for schoolchildren, promote a healthy diet and lifestyle in the school environment and contribute to the fight against the prevalence of excess weight in the child population”.


We summarize the main contributions of the interprofessionals, indicated in bold:

1.- The RD project describes the Mediterranean diet made up of “vegetables, legumes, preferably whole grains, fruits, dried fruits and olive oil”. According to the interprofessionals: “All scientific organizations and entities related to the eosteo model of nutrition also include meat, fish, eggs, dairy products and animal protein in the recommended amounts.”

2.-On the programming of second courses and garnishes in the menus, according to the interprofessionals: “the evident nutritional imbalance must be pointed out, taking into account that all the proposed first courses are based on foods of plant origin and that all the garnishes they are also from foods of plant origin… Both international and national organizations (among which are the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the WHO; the World Cancer Research Foundation or the FAO, recommend up to 500 grams of cooked meat per week.

Among the allegations presented by the interprofessionals is the 2019 study published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition that concludes that “diets that restrict or eliminate meat may be associated with serious risks in the growth of fetuses and children and puts at risk question whether “properly planned” vegetarian or vegan diets are as appropriate as omnivorous diets.

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