Saturday, July 6, 2013

Better Snacks?

Candy bars, doughnuts and regular potato chips will become scarce in schools under new federal rules released Thursday, replaced by healthier options such as granola bars, trail mix and baked chips.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's new "Smart Snacks in School" nutrition standards represent the first nutritional overhaul of school snacks in more than 30 years.
The regulations set limits for fat, salt and sugar sold in places such as vending machines and snack bars. School foods must contain at least 50% whole grains or have a fruit, vegetable, dairy or protein as the first ingredient. Foods that contain at least ¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetables will also be allowed.

This one just makes me sad.  I marvel that kids "have" to have snacks available now, we did fine without them.  But, if you eat a fat, salt and sugar free diet consisting primarily of fruit, whole grains (barf), veggies, and low fat dairy, you will have to eat often or suffer crashing blood sugar - yet another negative unintended consequence of the USDA's "science based" brilliance.

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