Because of the rising rates of childhood obesity, new federal regulations have drastically altered both the caloric and nutritional content of school lunches. A maximum 850 calories limit per meal has been imposed, protein and carbohydrates have been cut to a maximum of 2 ounces per meal each, and fruit and vegetable availability has increased. Additionally, refined carbohydrates have been replaced with whole grains.
Students aren’t too happy with the new changes, however, and many complain that by early afternoon they are already hungry again. Proponents of bigger lunches argue that for many students, especially those who participate in extracurricular activities, 850 calories is not enough to get them through the 12 hour stretch from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. They also argue that the calorie cuts will disproportionally affect those students from lower income families who rely on school lunches as a significant calorie source.
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New Federal Food Standards Are Leaving Kids Feeling Hungry And Frustrated (via redOrbit)
Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online New federal food regulations have gone into effect in schools across the country beginning this year. But many students have complained that they are still left with a feeling of hunger after lunch time. The issue has even triggered a YouTube…