Taste Test: Healthy School Lunches That Meet Nutrition Standards

ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

You can start to say goodbye to mystery meat at school cafeterias.

In an effort to combat childhood obesity, schools across the national are now required to follow new nutrition standards that call for meals with more fruits and vegetables and less calories. For some schools, this means revamped or fresh dishes need to make their way to the students’ lunch trays.

The USDA is preparing to issue policies requiring that food and beverages sold in vending machines, school stores and cafeteria "a la carte" lines. Some of the changes include standards for school meals to increase fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.

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