19th Nov 2021 - 06:00
To celebrate Children in Need we have found some interesting children’s food facts.
- Foods made specifically for children first became popular in Victorian England, when parents were advised to give their children cod-liver oil daily to improve their health.
- The first restaurant kids meal, called a Funmeal, was sold by American chair Burger Chef in 1973. McDonald’s copied the idea with is Happy Meal in 1978.
- One of the most popular ways people raise money for Children in Need is taking part in sponsored events such as having a bath of baked beans.
- In 1894 paediatrician Emmett Holt published The Care and Feeding of Children, suggesting children under ten should not be allowed pies, fresh fruit, pastry, ham, bacon, corn, cod or tomato soup.
- The French took a different view, with restaurants in 1900 offering a ‘couvert d’enfante’ menu – the same food as the adults but less of it, and at a reduced price.
- The first solid baby food on the market was made by Harold Clapp in New York in the 1920s. Made from beef broth, vegetables and cereal, it was sold by pharmacies.
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