School Lunches Reducing Carbs and Calories
Starting this year, national school breakfasts and lunches will become healthier and offer more nutritious options such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revealed a proposed new rule that will ban trans fat, reduce saturated fat, and provide guidelines on how to limit and reduce calorie intake.
This new rule is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that President Obama signed in December 2010. By offering low-fat milk and cutting back the availabilty of french fries and pizza, the federal government hopes to reduce obesity, blood pressure, and diabetes in children. Starting with school meals, vending machine options in schools will also be improved in the future.
Read more about the proposed rule:
- CNN.com: Feds to Tighten School Nutrition Standards
- NYDailyNews.com: National School Lunch Program Gets Makeover
Healthy food ideas from Parents.com: