10 hilarious misconceptions children today have about food

Food School with James Martin.

Pic: RichardCrease/BNPS
Food School with James Martin. Pic: RichardCrease/BNPS
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Nearly half of children today don’t know where an egg comes from, a new survey has found.

The research, commissioned from Asda, also found 15 per cent of the 1,000 kids under eight surveyed believe chocolate is picked from trees.

In response Havant’s Asda branch has teamed up with celebrity chef James Martin to teach primary school children simple facts about the food they eat.

The ‘Food School’ initiative will help children develop a love and knowledge of food that will carry them through from their early years to adult life.

To road-test the programme. this week James invited 12 children into the store in Larchwood Avenue to ask some food-related questions including ‘why is a kiwi hairy?’

James said: ‘By igniting children’s interest in food and making it fun to learn the stories behind the food they eat everyday, it’s a problem that can be easily solved.

‘Simple pointers from mum and dad when out shopping or cooking simple meals and baking at home can help kids look at food in a totally different way.’

The top 10 misconceptions

41% of kids don’t know where an egg comes from

A quarter of kids think that chicken can only be cooked on a barbecue

One in 10 kids think a microwave is the best way to cook chicken

61% of kids don’t have a clue how long it would take to grow a carrot

28% of kids claim carrots take six months or longer to develop

One in 10 kids think kale is a boy’s name

A third of kids don’t know what kale is

One in 10 kids don’t know where beef comes from

One in 20 kids believe an avocado comes from an animal

15% of kids think chocolate, cucumbers and carrots grow on trees