The dangers that could be lurking in your children’s lunchbox and on their plates is increasing steadily every year.
Fruit and vegetables would be the first go-to ingredients for any parent packing a lunchbox, but there are risks there as well.
A risk that is often looked is how modern farming and agricultural methods have resulted in the contamination of fresh produce with harmful pesticides, impacting the ‘goodness’ of our fruit and veggies today.
In 2015, the World Health Organisation alarmed the public when it announced the link between eating processed meats and ingesting carcinogenic chemicals such as nitrate and nitrites, which are used to preserve food, and can also be found in fruit and vegetables.
Although nitrate occurs naturally in fruit and vegetables, and in small amounts is not harmful, the levels of nitrate occurring in food have increased over the years.