Only slow progress is being made in improving children’s diets in Scotland, according to a dietary survey undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency in Scotland.

According to the research, carried out by the University of Aberdeen, Scotcen and the University of Hertfordshire, children’s intake of saturated fats and added sugars continues to be considerably higher than the Scottish Dietary Goals.

The diets of 1,500 children aged 3-16 years living in Scotland were monitored as part of the research, with fieldwork undertaken during June to November 2010. Children’s school-day purchasing habits were also examined. The survey follows a 2006 study into sugar intake among children.

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