Secondary schoolchildren are eating more bananas as parents try to get their kids to eat more healthily.

Bananas, which are seen as practical and appealing to young people, were eaten on 10% more occasions this year by children aged 11-16 [TNS]. Some 24% of all bananas are now eaten in lunchboxes, up 2.6% this year. "Lunchboxes are a controlled meal occasion that parents now see as an ideal way to get fruit and healthier options into their child's diet," said TNS analyst Aleema Syed.

Females aged 17 to 24 also ate 11% more.