Should schools ban candy, cakes and cookies?
For the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods sold in schools are more healthful.
Under the new rules, foods like fatty chips, snack cakes, nachos and mozzarella sticks would be taken out of lunch lines and vending machines. In their place would be foods like baked chips, trail mix, diet sodas, lower-calorie sports drinks and low-fat hamburgers.
The rules, required under a child nutrition law passed by Congress in 2010, are part of the government's effort to combat childhood obesity. While many schools already have improved their lunch menus and vending machine choices, others still are selling high-fat, high-calorie foods.
Some examples of what could be in and out under the rules:
- Baked potato chips
- Granola bars
- Cereal bars
- Trail mix
- Dried fruits
- Fruit cups
- Whole grain-rich muffins
- 100 percent juice drinks
- Diet soda (high schools)
- Flavored water (high schools)
- Lower-calorie sports drinks (high schools)
- Unsweetened or diet iced teas (high schools)
- 100 percent juice popsicles
- Baked lower-fat french fries
- Healthier pizzas with whole grain crust
- Lean hamburgers with whole wheat buns
- Snack cakes
- Most cookies
- High calorie sodas
- Many high-calorie sports drinks
- Juice drinks that are not 100 percent juice
- Most ice cream and ice cream treats
- Greasy pizza and other fried, high-fat foods in the lunchroom
Critical thinking challenge: Should schools ban candy, cakes and cookies?
- Posted on February 3, 2013