Tuesday, November 18, 2014
SCHOOL LUNCHES MORE NUTRITIOUS THAN HOME-PACKED
Approximately 60% of the more than 50 million public elementary and secondary education students obtain a substantial portion of their daily calories from school lunches. Researchers from Virginia Tech recently compared school lunches with packed lunches and found that school lunches have greater nutritional quality. Specifically, they found that both packed and school lunches almost entirely met nutrition standards, except school lunches were below energy and iron recommendations, while packed lunches exceeded fat and saturated fat recommendations. The findings suggest that nutrition education programs targeting children, parents, and perhaps even school policy should be encouraged to promote healthier packed lunches.
Source: Rudd Center, 11/3/14, School Lunch