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Are healthy takeaways a good idea?


Kids at a school in London are trying to get their local takeaways to be a bit better for you.

They're giving certificates to the ones that add a healthy option on top of all the burgers and fried chicken.

But is there any point? Would you go to a takeaway and order a healthy option?

Maybe you think it's a great idea, and it could give people who've gone with their mates another option.

Or perhaps you reckon everyone would choose chips over salad, when given the option, any day.

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Your comments

"I would love that, all takeaways where I live are far too unhealthy!!"

Hannah, 13, Scotland

"No, I don't agree with healthy takeaways because I only get them once a fortnight and that is the only night I get fatty fast food."

Laura, 12, Bushey, England

"It could be OK to add some onions to the burgers, but completely fruit & veg? No thanks!"

Tom, 11, London, England

"It's a brilliant idea! Some people just go to takeaways because they can't be bothered to cook a proper meal. This means that they can eat something healthy instead of just chips and burgers."

Lottie, 12, London, England

"I think that takeaways should have a healthy option and an unhealthy option!"

Kira, 9, Sheffield, England

"I think that healthy takeaways are a good idea, but I think you should still be able to have the normal fish and chips."

Catherine, 10, Bolton, England

"I think fast food should stay as it is. It is an occasional treat for most people and that is OK. I don't think they should have salads on the menu because they are easy and cheap to make anyway, all you have to do is plant the seeds!"

Aisling, 12, Galway, Ireland

"NO. Takeaways taste good, smell good, and look good. Put a load of vegetables in it, and take away the nice stuff, and it just ruins it and makes it look bad, smell bad and taste bad. Just leave them how they are, and to be honest, it will put takeaways out of business. Who wants a healthy takeaway on a Saturday night?!!"

Charlotte, 13, Dundee, Scotland

"All takeaways will be ruined if you make them have healthy food. You should only have healthy food in a burger, but I hate all healthy foods."

Bree, 10, London, England

"I think it is a good idea. Because not all takeaways will change their takeaways to be healthy, this means it will leave a good choice between a healthy and a less healthy takeaway."

Adam, 13, Suffolk, England

"I think healthy takeaways are a great idea!!"

Jessica, 13, London, England

"I think that it would be a bit boring living on fruit and veg but you should still eat your five a day."

Emily, 10, Cambridge, England

"No, I do not want them to go healthier, I eat plenty of healthy food and my mum sometimes gets me takeaways for a treat. If they all go healthy then I wouldn't think they were a very good treat. Isn't it the parents job to make sure their child eats healthily?"

Katie, 11, Yorkshire, England

"I think you should have healthy takeaways but not all the time and in every place because everyone would get tired of eating them."

Areeja, 13, London, England

"Carbs are also important to your body, people should just have a balanced diet with fruit, vegetables, meat and fish."

Ruby, 11, England

"I have the knowledge that healthy things are good for you, but it doesn't really matter if it is healthy or not. I just want things to be tasty if it is healthy or not!"

Sindurii, 11, Oxfordshire, England

"No way! Everyone deserves a treat so why do healthy takeaways? Salads are okay in takeaways but I'd rather have a pizza instead!"

Natalie, 10, Nottingham, England

"I think it could be a good idea if it helps people eat healthier."

Catherine, 10, Swindon, England

"I think it is a good idea but I think takeaways should be partly unhealthy because yummy food like that is a treat for me."

Laura, 12, Worcestershire, England

"No. Takeaways are fat foods."

Jaden, 9, Norwich, England

"There is no purpose of it. Takeaways are meant to be a treat not a daily meal!"

Anisah, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"Takeaways are treats so no they shouldn't be healthy, however maybe they could use natural and ingredients in them?"

Georgia, 12, Cambridge, England

"I think healthy options for takeaways could be a good idea but its nice to have a treat once in a while!"

Julia, 11, Dorset, England

"I don't think many people would buy the healthier option but even if one person did it would be one person better off."

Milly, 13, Oldham, England

"I love healthy eating! I need to 'cause I love sport!"

Francesca, 12, Derry, Northern Ireland

"I think we should keep the take away the same but add more healthy things."

Nepa, 11, England

"No, because the point of takeaways is something cheap, and these fatty foods are very cheap to make. So if they were made healthier the price would go up, and who wants that?"

Rosie, 13, Bristol, England

"No! Not everything can be healthy and people occasionally need to be able to have something a bit unhealthy. People should be able to eat responsibly."

Rosa, 13, Winchester, England

"I think some people generally have takeaways when they're in a hurry and just want to grab something to eat quickly, not everyone has takeaways just to eat something unhealthy. I think it's a good idea!"

Becca, 12, Isle of Wight, England

"Most takeaways where I live have a balanced selection of food. I don't think they are too unhealthy."

Richard, 10, Kent, England

"What's the point? The reason you get a takeaway is to have a treat. If you already eat healthy stuff then you deserve a treat."

Abigayle, 10, Cumbria, England

"Only if it still tastes as good as an unhealthy one."

Claire, 12, Shropshire, England

"I think it's a bad idea because people order takeaways for a treat and they don't want to be eating vegetables for their treat."

Lauren, 10, England

"I think instead of changing it they should put healthier things in junk food, such as wholegrain bread for your burgers. But to be honest, I would prefer the junk food!"

Harim, 12, Bradford, England

"Some people might think it's a good idea but to be honest I think the companies will just lose money because people would go elsewhere for their fatty foods. Why would people go and buy healthy food from takeaways, when you can cook and grow healthy food at home?! I don't think it's going to work, but it's worth a try."

Lizzi, 11, Bournemouth, England

"It's quite a good idea, I quite fancy getting a takeaway fruit salad!"

Steph-Marie, 13, Jersey

"Seriously I hate that idea. Think about it... cold vegetables. Ewww!"

Lisa, 9, Dunbartonshire, England

"I think it's a really a good idea because if you take the meat away then it will leave you with a healthy meal."

Taya, 10, Cardiff, Wales

"I think it is a good idea trying to make food from takeaways healthy but I do enjoy having it as a treat. If they cut down on fat, sugar and other bad stuff that would be great!"

Emma, 13, Shrewsbury, England

"I think it is OK to have a takeaway as long as you don't have them every week. Plus, you need a little of everything in your diet."

Kahlin, 11, Aberdeen, Scotland

"I think this is a good idea because normal takeaways are full of fat and salt and could lead to diabetes in later life!"

Holly, 12, Northern Ireland

"Healthy takeaways are a bad idea because it defeats the object of them and I would never choose health over taste."

Jon, 14, Hereford, England

"If you want healthy food then don't go to a takeaway, let the people who want to be unhealthy have their takeaways."

Beth, 12, Greater Manchester, England

"I think that more people would choose to eat chips than salad! If it was in the form of a burger and it was still healthy then people may try it. I am a vegetarian so I don't eat burgers or sausages anyway but healthy is the way forward!!"

Polly, 10, Milton Keynes, England

"I think healthy takeaways are a good idea because it encourages people to eat healthy!"

Megan, 13, Derbyshire, England

"I would choose this because, although I do like having takeaways once in a while I prefer to eat healthily."

Jasmine, 13, UK

"I like the food in the restaurants as they are and I think that this will cause the people who own restaurants to lose out on customers and money!!!"

Milly, 13, Ilford, England

"Eww no way! If people want to eat unhealthy food they will, no-one can change that! A bit of both is good but I wish they would stop hounding us!!!"

Sarah, 12, Wirral, England

"I think that McDonalds and other restaurants have some salads on the menu but I think they should add some more and advertise it to make it known. I personally would go to McDonalds etc like for a treat and get some fatty foods occasionally and then I would eat healthy at home. Simple as that."

Lois, 11, Northern Ireland

"It should be cheaper than normal takeaways because otherwise people would think there is no point."

Kate, 12, UK

"I don't like any takeaways, except pizza. I prefer healthy foods like carrot, apples and cherries."

Polly, 8, Manama, Bahrain

"We already have lots of things for a nice healthy snack but seeing as you have takeaways as a treat I think it is nice just to have a bit of junk food once in a while."

Samuel, 13, Sussex, England

"I think it's a good a idea but we have to remember that eating too healthy isn't good either. I'm not saying don't eat healthily though."

Holly, 11, Birmingham, England

"I think that they should have a mixture of both a bit of fast food and some healthy food."

Ella, 13, London, England

"Yes because then you can go out and get healthy things instead of staying in at home and cooking all the time."

Rhianna, 11, London, England

"I think all takeaways in the whole of Great Britain should get rid of at least half of their fatty foods and put salads and other healthy stuff on the menu. I'm getting tired of eating fatty foods from takeaways. I'm going to say to every single takeaway place in Wales to put more healthy food on the menus."

Katie, 13, Wales

"There isn't any point to healthy takeaways. The reason why people get takeaways is for a treat, not for healthy things like salad that you can make yourself. You get the food from takeaway because you can't make them as well at home!"

Suzanne, 14, Herts, England

"I would not be able to choose salad over chips as I hate salad."

Charlotte, 11, Essex, England

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