discretionary foods should be offered in early years services varied widely among early years educators.
Some believe these foods should not be offered at every meal but found it acceptable to offer them once a day as a ‘special treat’.
Others believed they should be offered far less frequently, only on special occasions such as birthdays.
Some educators believed it necessary to include discretionary foods ‘occasionally’ to help children understand the balance between health and less healthy food choices.
In contrast, many health professionals maintain that discretionary foods are neither essential nor necessary in a healthy diet, as they often displace healthy foods and dilute the nutritional quality of young children’s diets.
Research has shown that a