Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, championed by the First Lady Michelle Obama and implemented through the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to improve school meals.
Based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the changes to school meals include:
More Fruits & Vegetables:
- Lunches offer more fruit and vegetables
- Breakfast will increase the amount of fruit offered to students
- Schools now only offer low-fat or fat-free milk, which contain all of the nutrients with less fat than whole milk.
- Meals also include foods that are lower in saturated fat, such as skinless poultry, lean meat and heart-smart vegetables oils.
- Trans fats is limited to zero grams per serving.
Whole Grain-Rich Foods:
- All grain-based foods like breads and muffins will now be whole grain-rich, ensuring they contain at least half whole wheat or whole grains
Healthier Sodium Amounts:
- Over the next 10 years, schools will be required to slowly reduce sodium by 25 percent to 50 percent
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. “As kids head back to school, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says students should expect healthy meals.” (2014, July 22). Retrieved from http://www.newswise.com/articles/as-kids-head-back-to-school-academy-of-nutrition-and-dietetics-says-students-should-expect-healthy-meals