U.S. Department of Agriculture Unveils New School Lunch Standards: Better or Worse?
SodaHead Living 2012/01/25 21:48:18
After all the back and forth about whether American children should be eating healthier meals at school, it's a done deal. The U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed new standards on Wednesday that may change cafeteria pizza and French fries forever.
Under the new regulations -- the first major overhaul in more than 15 years -- schools will be required to:
--offer fruits and vegetables every day;
--increase the amount of whole-grain foods served;
--reduce the sodium and fats in foods served;
--offer only fat-free or low-fat milk;
--pay closer attention to appropriate portion sizes.
Kids will still get pizza, but they'll get whole wheat cheese pizza. Instead of French fries, they'll get baked sweet potato fries.
"Improving the quality of the school meals is a critical step in building a healthy future for our kids," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, according to msnbc.com. "When it comes to our children, we must do everything possible to provide them the nutrition they need to be healthy, active and ready to face the future – today we take an important step towards that goal."
The changes will start being phased in this fall, and not a moment too soon -- about 17 percent of U.S. children and teenagers are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Do you think the new school lunches are a step in the right direction? Or kind of nasty-sounding?
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