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Snacks, Sweetened Beverages, Added Sugars: Are Schools Supplying Junk Foods?

March 4, 20159 min
Schools offer healthy choices for your children, but are they choosing the salty and sugary foods instead?Fruit, salads and skim milk are all offered at your child's school but how to get your child to choose them.Since 1995, steady improvements have been made in school meal programs. Schools are serving meals with more lean meats, lower fat milks, and more fruits, vegetables and whole grains."A good diet is built on highly nutritious foods from each of the main food groups," said Robert Murray, M.D., FAAP, lead author of the policy statement, "Snacks, Sweetened Beverages, Added Sugars, and Schools,""Children, like adults, often want their own preferred flavors and textures during meals and snacks," Dr. Murray said. "It's no secret that brown sugar on oatmeal, or salad dressing with cut vegetables, can make these healthy foods more palatable to children, and increase their consumption. This is not a license to give kids anything they want; we just need to use sugar, fat and sodium strategically."Dr. Robert Murray is here to discuss school nutrition and how, as parents, it's up to you to monitor your child's school meals.

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