What's in and what's out under proposed government rules for healthier school foods

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The Agriculture Department is proposing new nutritional rules that would apply to most all foods sold in schools. The rule would apply to "a la carte" lines in school cafeterias, vending machines, snack bars and any other food sold regularly on campus. It wouldn't apply to fundraisers, after-school concession stands, class parties or foods brought from home.

Most every food sold in school would be subject to fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits. Snack foods would have to be under 200 calories and have some nutritional value. Drinks would be limited to 12-ounce portions in middle schools and 8-ounce portions in elementary schools.

Some examples of what could be in and out under the rules, provided the items meet or don't meet all of the requirements:


Baked potato chips

Granola bars

Cereal bars

Trail mix

Dried fruits

Fruit cups


Whole grain-rich muffins

100 per cent juice drinks

Diet soda (high schools)

Flavoured water (high schools)

Lower-calorie sports drinks (high schools)

Unsweetened or diet iced teas (high schools)

100 per cent juice popsicles

Baked lower-fat french fries

Healthier pizzas with whole grain crust

Lean hamburgers with whole wheat buns



Snack cakes

Most cookies


High calorie sodas

Many high-calorie sports drinks

Juice drinks that are not 100 per cent juice

Most ice cream and ice cream treats

Greasy pizza and other fried, high-fat foods in the lunchroom

Organizations: Agriculture Department

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  • Silly
    February 02, 2013 - 07:30

    I was all excited to see this because I have seen how unhealthy the garbage they sell in schools is. But then I start reading the list and see diet this and diet that. Since when is fake sugar good for you? To feed your kids this chemical garbage is insane!