June 27th, 2013
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Candy bars, doughnuts and regular potato chips will become scarce in schools under new federal rules released Thursday, replaced by healthier options such as granola bars, trail mix and baked chips.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's new "Smart Snacks in School" nutrition standards represent the first nutritional overhaul of school snacks in more than 30 years.

The regulations set limits for fat, salt and sugar sold in places such as vending machines and snack bars. School foods must contain at least 50% whole grains or have a fruit, vegetable, dairy or protein as the first ingredient. Foods that contain at least 1/4 cup of fruit and/or vegetables will also be allowed.

Beverages will be under the microscope as well. Sports drinks, which contain relatively high amounts of sugar, are prohibited. Low-fat and fat-free milk, 100% fruit and vegetable juice, and no-calorie flavored waters are permitted. Potable water must be made available to kids for free where meals are served.

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Filed under: Childhood Obesity • Health News • School Lunch

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  1. Niel Cohen

    Im impressed, I must say. Seldom do I encounter a blog thats equally educative and entertaining, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is an issue that not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I'm very happy that I came across this in my hunt for something regarding this.


    June 21, 2014 at 11:40 pm |
  2. personal training Long Island

    School snacks are about to get healthier! About time. I was so hocked up on soda when i was in school. This is a great thing.

    January 15, 2014 at 10:49 pm |
  3. Happy Trails?

    Uh, no thanks.

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 cup (150 g)
    Per Serving % Daily Value*
    Calories 693
    Calories from Fat 397
    Total Fat 44.1g 68%
    Saturated Fat 8.3g 42%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 14.5g
    Monounsaturated Fat 18.8g
    Cholesterol 0mg 0%
    Sodium 344mg 14%
    Carbohydrates 67.3g 22%
    Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%
    Sugars 0.0g
    Protein 20.7g
    Vitamin A 1% · Vitamin C 4%
    Calcium 12% · Iron 25%

    Do your homework first kids.

    June 28, 2013 at 6:49 am |
  4. rh

    It's a lot easier to make everyone uncomfortable instead of targeting the real problem – poverty:

    June 28, 2013 at 1:28 am |
  5. Uninformed Liberal Idiot

    I need this, a government that will tell me how to feed my kids. I need this, and I want this. Give me all the guidance from the government that I can get.

    June 27, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
  6. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫


    June 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
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