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Free fruit for kids

In our major Australian supermarkets they always have free fruit at the entrance for kids. Do they also do this in the UK or USA (or elsewhere)?

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Hi Kaz, what a good idea I have not seen this in any UK supermarket, they tend to have sweets near the tills to tempt shoppers, so this is a great initiative. 😊

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Tesco has been doing this for a while now, at least in our Newmarket (UK) store

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This is great news I've never seen this in any Tesco's/supermarket.

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Maybe ask your local Tesco store to implement this referring how they do this in Newmarket, which by the way us a Super Tesco (I guess the little ones like Tesco Express can't do this)

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I used to shop at a 24 hour Tesco mega store in Bristol before I moved and have been in Tesco's all over the country and not seen this so I think it's excellent and you're right we ought to encourage all supermarkets to do this. 😊

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They don't have the fruit at the entrance, it's a big basket of fruit at one end of the fruit and veg section. One Tesco near us has it next to the reduced section, which I don't think is a great spot.

I think Morrisons have started the same thing in their fruit and veg section :)

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So glad Morisons have started. They used to be the worse for unhealthy offers, I once saw them selling cheap cream buns right in the middle of the fresh produce aisle

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Oh they still have a giant island of cake immediately in front of the entrance! I think it's getting smaller though :)

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Our local Tesco has free fruit for kids, it’s a medium size store, bigger than the express but not a superstore.

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I think 2 chains do this in the UK! it's a nice idea :)

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Hi Kaz747

Yes, they have fruit in the Coop Supermarkets in Guernsey, and I believe that 800 stores in Tesco's in the UK, as well as all the Morrison's stores in the UK. I think that some of the Lidl stores in The Netherlands do as well, and there are probably more - but those are the ones I have heard of.

I think it's a great idea. Glad to hear they have that in Australian supermarkets.

Zest :-)

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Is it a good idea to encourage children to feed their sweet tooth and eat fruit without considering the balance phcuk.org/wp-content/upload... ? phcuk.org/nice/ It's certainly not good for little monkeys bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-d...

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Fruit is a healthier alternative to a lot of the rubbish that is eaten today. With 1 in 4 children and 2 in 3 adults overweight or obese in western society (that’s the current Aussie stats) it shows many parents don’t pay close attention to what they or their kids eat.

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'Monkey' is a very general term and doesn't specify the species, as lots of primates eat fruit.

In fact, eating fruit may be responsible for the development of larger brains

smithsonianmag.com/science-...

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It's interesting that our body has no direct use for fructose. When digested it goes straight to the liver for conversion.

The fruit that mankind has cultivated for its sweetness would not have been available for our evolution.

Gorillas fed too much fruit in captivity get heart disease, because surprise surprise fructose and glucose are what make up sucrose; table sugar.

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Most of what we eat has to go through some sort of metabolic process before it can be "used", and think of the pathway that fats have to go through before our cells can use them for energy.

So what if humankind has cultivated fruits - humankind has also cultivated the animals bred for consumption.

Given primate similarity to humans its not surprising that primates in captivity that are overfed with food develop similar problems to humans. The fact remains that in the wild chimpanzees for example get about 40% of their food from fruit. This is a problem for the paleo argument.

Your demonization of all carbohydrates misses an important point - fruit is not white sugar, sweet potatoes are not white sugar. They may be ultimately be metabolized by the body to glucose but the effect on the body is not the same. To see that just get a blood sugar meter and see the difference yourself in your blood sugar levels after eating pure white sugar vs a sweet potato.

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I think it's time to draw a halt to this tennis match.

Our guts are proportionately smaller to other apes, so we weren't designed to eat the 40% fruit that chimps can obviously, and again they wouldn't be eating domestic fruit in the wild.

The comparison of table sugar to other carbs is not without merit, and it is useful to realise that many complex carbohydrates are digested to glucose faster than sucrose, including some types of sweet potato glycemicindex.com/about.php

Even so, fructose is low Gi but detrimental in quantities over an ounce per day because of its propensity to thicken blood/glycation.

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I'm thankful that God created our food, and He gave it all to us to enjoy for our health...... Everything in modesty.

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Which god?

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Ha, ha!!!!! The true God Jehovah.

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Lol

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May I ask who or what you worship?

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Dear jimmyjimmy, Let's just agree to disagree :) Have a happy day!! :)

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So, a modest amount is that that would have been available from nature, not peddled by commerce?

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I think that maybe I have been misunderstood, I was just stating that I thought it was a nice gesture from the stores to have free fruit for the kids, nothing more, nothing less.

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I'm thankful that God created our food, and He gave it to us for our health. Everything in modesty.....

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Hi Jaz,

How are you feeling now after your ablation...all good??

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Oops...Kaz!!!

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I’m feeling great. It’s amazing how good NSR feels ❤️😀

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Not done here in the USA. Kids get a free cookie from the bakery section of most grocery stores. 🇺🇸

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Yeah, sadly the US doesn’t have particularly good weight statistics either

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That’s so true. Don’t see many people in a healthy BMI here. I think it may change over the next 20 years as our 20-30 year olds are focusing more on healthy foods and exercise. The increasing Hispanic population though, may bring it back down. Most are overweight and continue to eat unhealthily. Another 1,038 crossed the border yesterday.

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We see a similar positive trend with the younger generation thankfully.

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The hispanic population is actually healthier.

For example, see ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/252...

or ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/254...

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Thanks for posting this. Good article. The Hispanic women here tend to be overweight.

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Where I live in the US all grocery stores do it. None offer free cookies to children

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Hi there :) What state do you live in? I live in Washington State, and have never seen this done. I have also lived in Florida and California. What a very nice gesture!!! I love it!!!

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Yes, they have it in every major supermarket chain in the UK.

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Wow, never seen it in uk or oz, need to get me a white stick!

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Lol!!!!

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There’s free fruit in Tesco at cheshunt 😊

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In the USA we have a program called WIC they provide All kinds of foods, milk, baby formula to low income mom's till the kids are 5 years old.

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That is true, but not everyone 5 and under are, or can be on WIC (women infant children). It is a WONDERFUL program, but it seems very different from what the grocery stores do in countries other than the US. On this WIC program, the kids "graduate" from it when they start school, and then they can be on the free or reduced lunch program if they are from low income families. I think it is just a very nice gesture from the grocery stores :)

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That would be great, but this is what she's been told. She could use the additional help, she only works 4 hrs a day. Everything is so EXPENSIVE, she's had to start participating in housing expensives. I m retired, Medical expensives, diabetes, cholesterol and mental help. I pay %80 of everything, half my savings is gone. If she didn't, we could All be on the streets.

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I'm sorry if I offended anyone, I meant that I support, have used and love the WIC program, it is wonderful!!!! I just thought that the gestures from the grocery store of giving free fruit to kids was very thoughtful. God bless you as you do your daily things, and I pray that things get better for you all.

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Not at all, I'm glad you've had a positive experience. Just that not everyone has had the same. That's Not your fault if anyone else hasn't. How could your positive experience offend anyone. They should be Happy for you?

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Thank you Want2BHappy3!!!! Have a happy Monday evening :)

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Yes, Tesco have free fruit. They’ve been doing it for a couple of years around here (Buckinghamshire)

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Hiya

Yes morrisons have free fruit for children as you walk in the door (their cakes are no way near the store entrance - it’s actually all the fruit/veg stalls) and some time ago they replaced chocolate and pop at the tills with nuts, healthy snack bars and water 👍 xx

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yep in our local supermarkets they have free fruit for the kiddies that is UK

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Great idea my grandauters nursery has same idea here in Glasgow

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My local Tesco Metro do it, usually at the beginning of the vegetable, that's in Canton, Cardiff, UK

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Asda too does free fruit in store not though on the entrance !??

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Hello there from Washington State USA :) No, the grocery stores in the US do not do that. I have never seen this before, AND I LOVE THE IDEA!!!!!!!! To me, it is a wonderful way to promote good health instead of promoting all of the junk food about.

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Feel happy.jumbo supermarket put some fruit free for kids in Amsterdam

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Nice 👍🏽 wish they did this in USA

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Hi Kaz747 Thanks for your comments on “Free Fruits for kids ,or rather at the entrance of supermarkets”!Im always sometimes busy with a tad Babysitting 🤶for my Daughter as she recently had an addition to her Family hence not on time replying sooner ,please forgive.,

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Hi Kaz747

I would like apologise for not answering earlier ,thanks for your comment on the poll on “Free Fruits for kids in the supermarkets entrance rather than even Asda do support this but it’s inside the store not prominent .Im sometimes busy with my new GrandSon as my daughter has him a new second addition and my granddaughter ,I support them at times !Thanks!🍎👍🤗For our upcoming Generation!

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