The past two decades have witnessed a significant change in the dietary habits of people living in Dubai. There has been a shift from a traditional diet that is healthier and well balanced to a diet that has poor nutritional qualities.
With regards to children, recent surveys have indicated that more than one-third of school children are either overweight or obese.
Here’s a list of food items prohibited in Dubai’s school canteens (as per the 2011 guidelines):
. All kinds of soft drinks
. Energy drinks
. All types of fruit drinks
. Milk and yogurt with synthetic flavors
. All types of chewing gum and candies
. Bofak (special type of Chips)
. Sweets composed of excessive sugar and colorants
. Plain chocolate
. Food items containing monosodium glutamate (found naturally in tomatoes, cheese, and other foods.
MSG is used in the food industry as a flavor enhancer)
. High-fat food