New Standard Eliminates Unhealthy School Snacks
Students across the country will have to say goodbye to unhealthy foods sold in school. On June 27th, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its new “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standard. The new regulation requires that only wholesome food options are provided in cafeterias, vending machines, and any other locations in schools where food is sold.
Smart Snacks in School has created guidelines that eliminate any snack that exceeds specific calorie, sodium, fat and sugar limits. Products such as candy, cookies, potato chips, and soda will have to be replaced with items such as granola bars, fruit cups and other healthier options like natural whey protein.
The standard was created under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that was established in 2010. Students will still be allowed to bring bagged lunches to school and classrooms as the standards only applies to school-sold food items. Schools as well as food and beverage companies will have until the end of next school year to make the necessary adjustments that adhere to the new standard.