New Rules for School Lunches

Know what your child is eating at school

School lunches subsidized by the federal government will now be getting a whole lot healthier, according to new rules. A few of the changes: Pizza will be made with healthier ingredients, entire meals will have calorie caps, and most trans fats will be banned. Sodium will gradually decrease over a 10-year period. Milk will have to be low in fat and flavored milks will have to be nonfat.

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Despite the improvements, the new rules aren’t as aggressive as the Obama administration had hoped. Congress last year blocked the Agriculture Department from making some of the desired changes, including limiting French fries and pizzas.

Congress also blocked the USDA from reversing schools’ ability to count tomato paste on pizzas as a vegetable; and they blocked the department from limiting servings of potatoes to two servings a week.

To read the rest of this article from Deborah Lonzer, MD, a board-certified pediatrician and the Chair of the Department of Community Pediatrics for the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, visit www.360-5.com.

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