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Healthy eating in schools: guidance 2020

Published: 10 Feb 2021

Statutory guidance supporting the implementation of the Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2020.

Healthy eating in schools: guidance 2020
Annex E: Nutrient standards - what they are based on

Annex E: Nutrient standards - what they are based on

Primary Nutrient Standards
Unit Primary (aged 5-11 years)
Energy 30% of EAR[22] for 5-11 year olds[23] Kcals/ kJ 518 kcals (+/- 78 kcals)
2165 kJ (+/- 325 kJ)
Total Fat Not more than 35% of food energy Max g 20.1
Saturated Fat Not more than 11% of food energy Max g 6.3
Total Carbohydrate Not less than 50% of food energy Min g 69.1
Free Sugar Not more than 7.5% of food energy Max g 10.4
Fibre (AOAC) Not less than 30% of recommended intake[24] Min g 6.0
Protein Not less than 15% of food energy Min g 19.4
Iron Not less than 35% of RNI[25] Min mg 3
Calcium Not less than 30% of RNI[24] Min mg 165
Vitamin A Not less than 30% of RNI[24] Min µg 150
Vitamin C Not less than 30% of RNI[24] Min mg 9
Folate Not less than 30% of RNI[24] Min µg 45
Sodium Not more than 35% of maximum recommended intake[26] Max mg 686
Zinc Not less than 30% of RNI[24] Min mg 2.1
Secondary Nutrient Standards
Unit Secondary (aged 11-18 years)
Energy 30% of EAR[27] for 11-18 year olds[28] Kcals/ kJ 745 kcals (+/- 112 kcals)
3114 kJ (+/- 467 kJ)
Total Fat Not more than 35% of food energy Max g 29.0
Saturated Fat Not more than 11% of food energy Max g 9.1
Total Carbohydrate Not less than 50% of food energy Min g 99.3
Free Sugar Not more than 7.5% of food energy Max g 14.9
Fibre (AOAC) Not less than 30% of recommended intake[29] Min g 9.0
Protein Not less than 15% of food energy Min g 27.9
Iron Not less than 30% of RNI[30] Min mg 4.4
Calcium Not less than 30% of RNI[29] Min mg 300
Vitamin A Not less than 30% of RNI[31] Min µg 187
Vitamin C Not less than 30% of RNI[30] Min mg 11
Folate Not less than 30% of RNI[30] Min µg 60
Sodium Not more than 35% of maximum recommended intake[32] Max mg 824
Zinc Not less than 30% of RNI[29] Min mg 2.8

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