New USDA school lunch guidelines: Michelle Obama pushes for better nutrition

USDA school lunch rules best ever — though pizza is still a vegetable – latimes.com.

Michelle Obama rocks; starting a vegetable garden and now advocating for better nutrition in school lunches. Kids deserve food that will keep them healthy, help them grow, and help them develop. They’re kids, for goodness sake, they aren’t aware or concerned with what’s best for themselves. They’ll go for what tastes and looks good.

When I was 11 I took a summer math class in order to get ahead and I ate curly fries and an It’s It ice cream bar every day for lunch; it tasted good and hit my savory and sweet desires, but nutritionally, it provided nothing but starch, sodium, and sugar.

The USDA, with a push from Michelle Obama, has announced new guidelines for the food that schools serve. Including whole grains, vegetables and calorie and sodium limits designed for specific age groups

Ideally, I believe that parents should be the owners of their children’s diet. Sending their children to school with a belly full of breakfast and a packed lunch is pretty much the only way to ensure your child eats healthy while at school. But that’s not always possible due to a myriad of factors, so in the meantime, we can be glad of the USDA’s changes to school lunches and hope for more health-based revisions in the future.

Hopefully the corporate food lobbyists will eventually fail and there can be a serving size limit for starchy vegetables (mainly, potatoes) and the tomato sauce on pizza won’t count as a serving of vegetables.

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