Packed Lunches Exceeded Fat Rec
School lunches may offer better nutrition compared to packed lunches, suggests a new study. Virginia Tech researchers followed three rural Virginia elementary schools during lunch for five days. The study compared National School Lunch Program (NSLP) lunches with packed lunches for pre-K and kindergarten students. Researchers found that while both packed and NSLP lunches almost entirely met nutrition standards, there were some differences. Packed lunches exceeded both fat and saturated fat recommendations, while NSLP lunches were below energy and iron recommendations. Packed lunches were also found to have more sugar, but NSLP lunches contained more sodium. Overall, researchers believe that NSLP lunches, with increased exposure to veggies and fruits, offered greater nutritional quality.