Updated: 06/27/2013 9:51 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda
Photo: MGN Online
The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods sold in schools are healthful. The rule announced Thursday will apply to "a la carte" lines in school cafeterias, vending machines, snack bars and any other food sold regularly on campus. It won't apply to fundraisers, after-school concession stands, class parties or foods brought from home.
A separate set of rules already applies to meals in the main lunch line.
Under the new rules, most food sold in school will now be subject to fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits. Snack foods will have to be less than 200 calories and have some nutritional value instead of being mostly empty calories.
Some examples of snacks likely to miss or make the requirements:
Before the New Standards After the New Standards
Snack Chocolate sandwich cookies Light popcorn
Total calories 286 161
Empty calories 182 17
Snack Chocolate bar Granola bar
Total calories 235 95
Empty calories 112 32
Snack Regular cola Flavored water
Total calories 136 0
Empty calories 126 0
Other examples of what's in and what's out under the new guidelines:
What's out What's in
Candy Baked potato chips
Snack cakes Trail mix
Most cookies Dried fruits
Most pretzels Fruit cups
Most ice cream and ice cream treats Yogurt
Deep-fried, high-fat foods Baked lower-fat French fries
Greasy pizza Healthier pizzas with whole grain crust
Many juice drinks 100 percent juice drinks
High-calorie sodas Diet soda (high schools)
High-calorie sports drinks Diet sports drinks (high schools)
Source: United States Department of Agriculture
Click here for the homepage for the Smart Snacks in Schools initiative.
Click here for Minnesota's school standards for health.
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