A survey has found that eighty percent of parents fill their children's lunchboxes with unhealthy food such as crisps and chocolates.
But fruit is one of the most popular children's snacks with seven out of 10 children preferring it to sweets, fizzy drinks and biscuits, the research by children's cookery expert Annabel Karmel said.
One in five parents said they gave their children sugary cereals instead of healthier options such as porridge or wholegrain cereal.
"More parents start out with good intentions but at busy times of the day, they may opt for an easier life and give in to their child even though that food isn't healthy," the Mirror quoted Karmel as saying.
But nearly half of the 1,000 parents surveyed showed they are health-conscious as they tried to trick their children into eating healthy vegetables by hiding them in pasta dishes.