Friday, January 3, 2014

USDA Ends School Lunch Calorie Restrictions

"I am so pleased and excited to announce that we have made permanent the flexibility that allows schools to serve larger portions of lean protein and whole grains at mealtime," wrote Dr. Janey Thornton, Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services in a press release issued Friday.

In other words, your kids will no longer be distracted by hunger an hour after eating lunch.  This will come as good news for the kids in Kansas who made a protest video that quickly went viral.

“This has been a battle for common sense in the cafeteria,” Senator Roberts (R-KS) said. “These guidelines were leaving students hungry throughout the school day and athletic events, in the end we were able to convince USDA to listen to reason.”

Now, if the Kansas Board of Education would end their ineffectual ban on sodas in schools, something Pepsi Co has recently been pushing for with regards to their zero calorie diet sodas, today's kids might just have a sliver of freedom to choose what they eat that their parents once had.

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