Healthy schools: What school foods are in and what foods are 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. Most every food sold in school would be subject to fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits. Snack foods would have to be under 200 calories and have some nutritional value. All drinks would be limited to 12 oz. portions in high schools and middle schools, and 8 oz. portions in elementary schools. 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 chipsGranola barsCereal barsTrail mixDried fruitsFruit cupsYogurtWhole grain-rich muffins100 percent juice drinksDiet soda (high schools)Flavored water (high schools)
Lower-calorie sports drinks (high schools)Unsweetened or diet iced teas (high schools)100 percent juice popsiclesBaked lower-fat french friesHealthier pizzas with whole grain crust Lean hamburgers with whole wheat buns
WHAT'S OUTCandySnack cakesMost cookiesPretzelsHigh calorie sodasMany high-calorie sports drinksJuice drinks that are not 100 percent juiceMost ice cream and ice cream treatsGreasy pizza and other fried, high-fat foods in the lunchroom
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