Healthy Eating in Schools guidance 2020: supplementary information and advice on energy and key nutrients

This is supplementary guidance to the guidance book on Healthy Eating in Schools focusing upon providing information about the energy and key nutrients which form the basis for provision of school food and drink.


Why do we need it?

Zinc is an essential mineral that is found in almost every cell of our bodies. It has many important functions including:

  • helps make new cells and enzymes
  • helps us process the carbohydrate, fat and protein in the food we eat
  • helps with the healing of wounds


Good sources include poultry, meat, shellfish, milk and dairy foods, cereal products and bread. Wholemeal bread contains more zinc than white bread.

Additional information

Meat is rich in both zinc and iron.



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