USDA Standards Essay

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Do you think the new USDA standards are a tad over the top? How can we have nutritious food and it taste good too? New standards are smothering schools with nutrition guidelines on products sold and served inside the cold walls of schools all over the nation. Therefore, schools are limited in options in regards to serving a variety of foods at lunch; snacks sold now have to be less than 200 calories, and students are leaving the cafeteria hungry due to the lack of tasty foods getting served. After changing the nutrition guidelines, students are obviously not amused by these new standards. Since the changes have taken place, schools have to serve meals each day that meet the new USDA lunch standards, allowing a minimum and maximum amount of calories to be presented as an option to a student. These standards also require whole grains, low fat dairy products, and fruits and vegetables. Foods now have to be baked instead of fried and low fat condiments can be served with vegetables. Snacks can be served /sold at schools as long as they remain under the 200 calorie limit. Students wanting to fundraise by making snacks and selling them to students throughout the day have a hard time getting the principles to allow the fundraiser to take place for the fear of breaking the nutrition…show more content…
Therefore schools are limited in options in regards to serving a variety of foods at lunch; snacks sold now have to be less than 200 calories, and students are leaving the cafeteria hungry due to the lack of tasty foods getting served. This essay proves these new guidelines are not a major step in the right direction towards improving school lunches; however they bring a whole new threshold of possibilities to the nutrition aspect of the overall picture of a healthy and delicious school
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