Students may say goodbye to junk food at schools

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Students may say goodbye to junk food at schools

Government pitches new, healthier rules
For the first time, the government is proposing standards to make food at public schools healthier. New rules would ban almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods.
What’s in, what’s out

The Agriculture Department is proposing new nutritional rules that would apply to most all foods sold in schools. The rule would apply to “a la carte” lines in school cafeterias, vending machines, snack bars and any other food sold regularly on campus. It wouldn’t apply to fundraisers, after-school concession stands, class parties or foods brought from home.

Some examples of what could be in and out under the rules, provided the items meet or don’t meet all of the requirements:



What’s in



Baked potato chips

Granola bars

Cereal bars

Trail mix

Dried fruits

Fruit cups

Yogurt

Whole grain-rich muffins

100 percent juice drinks

Diet soda (high schools)

Flavored water (high schools)

Lower-calorie sports drinks (high schools)

Unsweetened or diet iced teas (high schools)

100 percent juice ice pops

Baked lower-fat french fries

Healthier pizzas with whole-grain crust

Lean hamburgers with whole wheat buns



What’s out



Candy

Snack cakes

Most cookies

Pretzels

High calorie sodas

Many high-calorie sports drinks

Juice drinks that are not 100 percent juice

Most ice cream and ice cream treats

Greasy pizza and other fried, high-fat foods in the lunchroom



Associated Press

Students may say goodbye to junk food at schools

For the first time, the government is proposing standards to make food at public schools healthier. New rules would ban almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods.
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