School lunches now have a new set of standard guidelines by the USDA, which has satisfied Nutritional excepts, even though they say they didn’t need to interfere.
New lunch menu’s will contain less fat and salt and more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. The new menu’s are in line with a bill passed last year called the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.
Margo Wootan, director of nutrition at the Center for Science in the Public Interest says of the new changes, “They’re very good, and they will improve school-lunch programs that affect the diet of over 32 million kids a day.”
Adding “They’re really important given the high rates of obesity, kids’ general poor diets, and the state of lunches in most schools.”
Some things on the menu’s that remain unchanged is the fact that it considers pizza a vegetable fulfillment, but it can no longer be the only vegetable on the plate, with the dough made of whole grain. It will also still include chocolate milk as a beverage choice.
New pasta dishes will contain whole wheat pasta along with whole wheat rolls. There will also be more broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, sides in meals
Michelle Obama, who has been working on childhood obesity in America says of the changes, “We have a right to expect that the food they get at school is the same kind of food that we want to serve at our own kitchen tables.”
The new menu’s will be in place for the next school year.