Prue Leith has sparked outrage among Good Morning Britain viewers as she believes that there should be a ban on school packed lunches.
The Great British Bake Off judge – who replaced Mary Berry on the show – took to the breakfast show earlier today alongside Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid to voice her opinion.
She told the TV duo how lunchtime should become a lesson in teaching children about healthy eating.
The 74-year-old also said how banning lunches brought in from home would be a good way to tackle the obesity crisis.
Speaking to Ben and Susanna, she said: “Some mums do really, really well. But most people don’t, they fill lunch boxes with junk.
“If I was doing a packed lunch I’d be tempted to put in some little treat, but a treat should be once a week not everyday.
“I feel we should ban packed lunches, but it has to be in combination with teaching children about food with a real effort from the school – we need to teach children at school about eating healthily.”
She continued: “I think if you have more than one sweet thing a day you are adding 400 cal to your days.
“Chocolate and chips aren’t bad, you just don’t want it every day.”
However, The Sunday Times education and families editor Sian Griffiths – who also guest appeared on the show – quickly hit back and claimed that such a ban would be “terrible”.
She said: “I don’t think banning packed lunches is a good idea.
“A lot of school food is absolutely terrible. I go to schools a lot and just this week I was offered fish fingers, pizza, fried fish in batter and sausages and that’s not health food.
“I think schools have got so much on their plate.”
Sian questioned why Prue thinks a packed lunch ban would be useful: “Do you not see some conflict here, as you are a judge on The Great British Bake Off?”
The baking show judge then shot back: “Of course it is a very obvious one, but that is a competition.
“Mothers shouldn’t put a treat in to the lunches every week. I want to see lunches as a lesson.
“In Finland the children sit down and are taught a lot about food, they are sitting down with teachers and they are learning, they don’t know it is a lesson – it should be relaxing.”
Lots of ITV viewers took to Twitter to express their thoughts on Prue’s claims, with many outraged.
One posted: “Everyday in school dinners they get a pudding, but kids on packed lunches should get a sweet treat once a week?”
Another fumed: “What a load of rubbish.”
A third tweeted: “Ban packed lunches? Have you seen the price of school dinners!????” a second asked.
Meanwhile, another added: ” Woman who eats cakes for a living tries to ban packed lunches as they’re ‘unhealthy’.”