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New Federal Rules Mandate Healthier Snacks in Schools

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 ¼ 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.

Source: CNN. Read full article. (link)

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  • Brandybuck||

    What is this about snacks in schools? When I was in school we didn't have any. We looked forward to Fridays because we got ice cream. But the rest of the time we had whatever the cafeteria ladies fed us at lunch.

  • PapayaSF||

    Yes, indeed. Somehow generations of Americans made it through school without starving, despite lack of vending machines and free school lunches (and in some places now, free dinners). And yet we have a childhood obesity problem. How strange. Obviously the federal government needs to DO MOAR.

  • Paul.||

    "We're talking about Tobacco here, it's not like we're trying to go after fatty foods or something"