Feds Crack Down on Junk Food in Schools
New rules call for 'real food' snacks: fruits, veggies, whole-grains
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 28, 2013 3:08 AM CDT
Updated Jun 28, 2013 5:00 AM CDT
Kids shouldn't expect candy bars and doughnuts during school hours.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – School snacking is about to get a lot healthier. Starting in the 2014-2015 school year, treats like candy bars, fatty chips, and doughnuts won't be sold to kids during school hours; instead, they'll see choices like peanuts, granola bars, and fruit cups, USA Today reports. The new "Smart Snacks in Schools" program focuses on so-called "competitive foods"—snacks and other food outside of standard school lunches. "Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our children," says agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack.

Among the competitive-food restrictions: All items have to be either fruits, veggies, dairy, protein, or rich in whole grains—or contain at least a quarter-cup fruits or vegetables. Snacks can't have more than 200 calories, while entrees are limited to 350, and no trans fat is allowed. The rules don't affect food brought from home or sold at after-school events. "Eventually all school foods will have to contain real food," says a consumer advocate. "It doesn’t make sense for schools to teach nutrition in the classroom, then counter it by selling sugary drinks and candy bars in vending machines in the hallway," she adds, per Businessweek.

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Jun 29, 2013 9:41 PM CDT
I, for one, am blooming sick of BIG BRUDDA telling us all how to live, and trying to take over a parent's job. When I was a kid, my friends and I snacked a lot; in high school, we would buy delicious Boston cream pies from the cafeteria. We were all ultra-skinny! None of us could afford cars until we got jobs, so we walked everywhere. My kids were not allowed soda, for their teeth's sake, but that stopped for my boy when he entered college. He still doesn't drink too much of it. In my kids' school, I have made a point to look to see how many fat kids there are. Very, very few! Maybe in a crowd of 100 kids, possibly 2 are obese. This changes when people become adults. You see very few thin adults. I am at the age where metabolism is slowing; I love my yummy snacks, and enjoy them, but do not over-indulge on any food, and am about 10-15 pounds heavier than high school. Moderation is the key, as in everything.
Jun 28, 2013 9:39 PM CDT
what a joke!!!! had to have at least 2 candy bars a day in school!
Jun 28, 2013 2:57 PM CDT
Foookin nannies everwhere....... There is a distinction between a good idea and a law. The first is.......a good idea. The second is a goddam nazi dictatorship.