Magazine article Curriculum Review

School Snacks Come under Scrutiny

Magazine article Curriculum Review

School Snacks Come under Scrutiny

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A proposed addition to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act's new school breakfast and lunch guidelines has been released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service.

While schools across the country are still adapting to the calorie, fat and sugar limitations imposed on school meals by the Act, competitive foods--the items for sale in schools separately from regular meals--are the subject of a new proposal.

Competitive foods are namely snacks and drinks, mostly available in a la carte lines, vending machines and campus convenience stores. Candy bars, snack-sized bags of chips and pretzels, soda, cookies and more are some of the biggest culprits containing levels of sodium and fat now banned from meal trays.

According to Education Week, the proposal requires that all foods sold in schools must:

* Be a fruit, vegetable, dairy product, protein food, whole-grain rich item, or any combination that provides at least one quarter cup of fruits or vegetables

* Provide 10 percent of a daily nutritional value, as described in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans as areas of public health concern. Nutrients in this category include fiber, vitamin D, potassium and calcium.

* Contain no more than 35 percent of calories from fat and no more than 10 percent from saturated fat. Trans fat is only permissible in reduced-fat cheese, nut, nut butter and seafood with no added fat.

* Contain no more than 200 milligrams of sodium. …

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