New Rules for School Lunches

The Obama administration on Wednesday announced new regulations for school lunches subsidized by the federal government. The bottom line? More fruits and green vegetables, less salt and fat. These changes are a great step in the right direction, though they are not perfect. The tomato paste on pizza is still counted as a vegetable, but under the new rules the quantity that qualifies as a serving rose from two tablespoons to one-quarter cup. Even with the new regulations, potatoes and other starchy vegetables will not be restricted.

This is the first time in 15 years that any changes have been made to school lunches. First Lady Michelle Obama hopes that the changes she has championed will help reverse the prevalence of obesity in young children.

For more information on the new school lunch regulations, read this article in the New York Times. Tell us: what do you think of the changes to school lunches?

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