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Healthy School Lunch Rules Are Paying Off

Critics of recent federal rules requiring more nutritious food in American grade school lunches have claimed that the students hate the healthier food and either leave the food program or throw more food away, resulting in higher costs and more wasted food, but a study just released by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity found just the opposite. The three-year study concluded that cafeterias offering more fresh fruit had increased the percentage of students who selected it, from 54 percent to 66 percent, and also the amount of the entrees that the students actually ate, from 71 percent before the new regulations took effect in 2012 to 84 percent now. The researchers also found that the decline in students who use the food programs began before the new rules, not as a result.

More at Nytimes.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: School Lunches May Be Better Than Packed

Tags: Improved School Lunch Nutrition

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