School lunch standards

03.18.2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

In 2012, federal standards were launched requiring schools to offer healthier meals. This has lead to an increase in fruit and vegetable consumption according to a study done by the Harvard school of Public Health. The study measured food consumption before and after the standards went into effect, however they have shown an increase in food waste. Around 32 million students each school lunch everyday and some coming from low income families, this is their main source of energy for the entire day. Although some organizations and lawmakers are trying to weaken the new standards, they hope the finding of their studies will discourage them. Old school lunches were very high in sodium and saturated fats and low in fiber and grains. “The new standards from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) aimed to improve the nutritional quality of school meals by making whole grains, fruits, and vegetables more available, requiring the selection of a fruit or vegetable, increasing the portion sizes of fruits and vegetables, removing trans fats, and placing limits on total calories and sodium levels.” In the studies they found that although the intake of fruits and vegetables was higher, alot of student were also just throwing them away as they are forced to choose a fruit or vegetable with their meal. The new aim is to increase food quality to stop this from continuing.

-Hannah Atoynatan

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