Newer, healthier lunches in school lunchrooms

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by JANE MCCARTHY & KREM.com

KMOV.com

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 9 at 7:27 AM

SPOKANE---As kids settle into this new school year, they're finding healthier food in the lunchroom.
 
The federal government imposed new nutrition standards this school year.  Lunches now have lower calories and fat, while also giving kids more nutritional bang per bite.

Last year, U.S. schools were required to provide a minimum half cup of fruits and vegetables combined.  This year the government mandates at least ¾ cup of vegetables and a half cup of fruit.  The vegetables must come in a variety as well.

When it comes to whole grains, the USDA simply encouraged them before.  This year, at least half of all grains must be whole and in two years they must all be.
 

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