Federal government proposes healthier school lunches
School lunches may soon contain more fruits and vegetables and fewer french fries and cardboard pizza.
The Agricultural Department has proposed what would be the first nutritional overhaul of school lunches in 15 years, the Associated Press reported. The guidelines, which would apply to lunches subsidized by the federal government, calls for schools to cut sodium in lunches by half, serve low fat milk and use more whole grains. It would also establish calorie limits for school lunches.
The new guidelines are based on recommendations by the Institute of Medicine, a division of the National Academy of Sciences.
The proposal comes as more emphasis has been placed on the country's childhood obesity problem. Michelle Obama has made it her platform as First Lady and President Obama recently signed a child nutrition bill into law.
Sarah Paliln also recently entered the debate saying at a Pennsylvania school that parents should decide what their kids eat, not the federal government. The Pennsylvania School System was considering whether to ban sweets from school.
What do you readers out there think? Should the federal government require healthier school lunches?