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Nutritional quality and acceptability of a weekly vegetarian lunch in primary-school canteens in Ghent, Belgium: 'Thursday Veggie Day'

Willem De Keyzer UGent, Sven Van Caneghem, Anne-Louise M Heath, BARBARA VANAELST UGent, Mia Verschraegen, Stefaan De Henauw UGent and Inge Huybrechts UGent (2012) PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION. 15(12). p.2326-2330
abstract
Objectives: To determine the nutritional adequacy and acceptability to children of vegetarian lunches served on 'Thursday Veggie Day' - a public health initiative in Ghent (Belgium) primary schools. Design: A comparison of food leftovers from main courses on regular days and Thursdays was made using a visual plate waste method. The nutritional value of the vegetarian meat analogue and meat components of main courses served on five 'Thursday Veggie Days' and five comparable conventional main courses was evaluated using three criteria (maximum 30% of energy from fat, maximum of one-third of fat as saturated fat and minimum 1.5 g of dietary fibre per 420 kJ). Setting: Two canteens from primary schools in Ghent, Belgium, participating in the 'Thursday Veggie Day' campaign. Subjects: Primary-school children aged between 6 and 12 years. Results: In total, 1242 and 472 main course plate waste observations of conventional and vegetarian menus, respectively, were evaluated. There was no significant difference in plate waste between vegetarian (16.7%) and conventional (17.3%) main courses. Overall, the five vegetarian components were found to be nutritionally adequate with a mean score of 2.2 out of 3, compared with 0.4 for the meat component. However, three of the vegetarian components provided >30% of energy from fat and, in one, the amount of saturated fat exceeded one-third of total fat. Conclusions: Vegetarian canteen meals offered as part of 'Thursday Veggie Day' appear to be nutritionally appropriate and as acceptable as conventional main courses to children in primary schools in Ghent.
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keyword
Schools, Food services, Child, Vegetarian diet, Plate waste, CHILDHOOD, ADULTHOOD, TRACKING, OBESITY, COHORT, CHILDREN, CANCER, DIETS, RISK
journal title
PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION
Public Health Nutr.
volume
15
issue
12
pages
2326 - 2330
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000311285500022
JCR category
PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
JCR impact factor
2.25 (2012)
JCR rank
47/157 (2012)
JCR quartile
2 (2012)
ISSN
1368-9800
DOI
10.1017/S1368980012000870
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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3009162
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-3009162
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2012-10-09 09:00:37
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  abstract     = {Objectives: To determine the nutritional adequacy and acceptability to children of vegetarian lunches served on 'Thursday Veggie Day' - a public health initiative in Ghent (Belgium) primary schools. 
Design: A comparison of food leftovers from main courses on regular days and Thursdays was made using a visual plate waste method. The nutritional value of the vegetarian meat analogue and meat components of main courses served on five 'Thursday Veggie Days' and five comparable conventional main courses was evaluated using three criteria (maximum 30\% of energy from fat, maximum of one-third of fat as saturated fat and minimum 1.5 g of dietary fibre per 420 kJ). 
Setting: Two canteens from primary schools in Ghent, Belgium, participating in the 'Thursday Veggie Day' campaign. 
Subjects: Primary-school children aged between 6 and 12 years. 
Results: In total, 1242 and 472 main course plate waste observations of conventional and vegetarian menus, respectively, were evaluated. There was no significant difference in plate waste between vegetarian (16.7\%) and conventional (17.3\%) main courses. Overall, the five vegetarian components were found to be nutritionally adequate with a mean score of 2.2 out of 3, compared with 0.4 for the meat component. However, three of the vegetarian components provided {\textrangle}30\% of energy from fat and, in one, the amount of saturated fat exceeded one-third of total fat. 
Conclusions: Vegetarian canteen meals offered as part of 'Thursday Veggie Day' appear to be nutritionally appropriate and as acceptable as conventional main courses to children in primary schools in Ghent.},
  author       = {De Keyzer, Willem and Van Caneghem, Sven and Heath, Anne-Louise M and VANAELST, BARBARA and Verschraegen, Mia and De Henauw, Stefaan and Huybrechts, Inge},
  issn         = {1368-9800},
  journal      = {PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION},
  keyword      = {Schools,Food services,Child,Vegetarian diet,Plate waste,CHILDHOOD,ADULTHOOD,TRACKING,OBESITY,COHORT,CHILDREN,CANCER,DIETS,RISK},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {12},
  pages        = {2326--2330},
  title        = {Nutritional quality and acceptability of a weekly vegetarian lunch in primary-school canteens in Ghent, Belgium: 'Thursday Veggie Day'},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1368980012000870},
  volume       = {15},
  year         = {2012},
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Chicago
De Keyzer, Willem, Sven Van Caneghem, Anne-Louise M Heath, BARBARA VANAELST, Mia Verschraegen, Stefaan De Henauw, and Inge Huybrechts. 2012. “Nutritional Quality and Acceptability of a Weekly Vegetarian Lunch in Primary-school Canteens in Ghent, Belgium: ‘Thursday Veggie Day’.” Public Health Nutrition 15 (12): 2326–2330.
APA
De Keyzer, W., Van Caneghem, S., Heath, A.-L. M., VANAELST, B., Verschraegen, M., De Henauw, S., & Huybrechts, I. (2012). Nutritional quality and acceptability of a weekly vegetarian lunch in primary-school canteens in Ghent, Belgium: “Thursday Veggie Day.” PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, 15(12), 2326–2330.
Vancouver
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De Keyzer W, Van Caneghem S, Heath A-LM, VANAELST B, Verschraegen M, De Henauw S, et al. Nutritional quality and acceptability of a weekly vegetarian lunch in primary-school canteens in Ghent, Belgium: “Thursday Veggie Day.”PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION. 2012;15(12):2326–30.
MLA
De Keyzer, Willem, Sven Van Caneghem, Anne-Louise M Heath, et al. “Nutritional Quality and Acceptability of a Weekly Vegetarian Lunch in Primary-school Canteens in Ghent, Belgium: ‘Thursday Veggie Day’.” PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION 15.12 (2012): 2326–2330. Print.