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Assessing the quality of food served under a South African school feeding scheme: A nutritional analysis

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dc.contributor.author Nhlapo, Nthabiseng
dc.contributor.author Lues, Ryk J.F.
dc.contributor.author Kativu, Edmore
dc.contributor.author Groenewald, Willem H.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-28T08:28:46Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-28T08:28:46Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.issn 1996-7489
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11462/1804
dc.description Published Article en_US
dc.description.abstract School feeding schemes have been implemented in various schools across the globe to improve the nutritional welfare of learners. The purpose of this study was to identify possible nutritional benefits or deficiencies of the foodstuffs served in the South African National School Nutrition Programme in the Free State Province (South Africa). Representative meal samples were collected from randomly selected schools and the nutrient content of meals was determined. The results were measured against nutrient-based standards for an average school lunch for individuals aged 7–10 and 11–18 years. The meals did not meet the nutrient standards for carbohydrate and energy contents for either age group. Protein standards were met by 90% of meals for individuals aged 7–10 years and by 40% for those aged 11–18 years. Only 10% of meals met the standards for calcium and zinc, while 80% and 30% met the iron standards for those aged 7–10 years and 11–18 years, respectively. The lipid and vitamin C contents were within standards. The implementation of proper storage and food preparation procedures may assist in preserving the quality of nutrients en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher South African Journal of Science en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Vol.111;No.1-2
dc.subject National School Nutrition Programme en_US
dc.subject malnutrition en_US
dc.subject nutrients en_US
dc.subject chemical analysis en_US
dc.subject nutrient-based standards en_US
dc.title Assessing the quality of food served under a South African school feeding scheme: A nutritional analysis en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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