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article image'Junk food' banned from U.S. schools July 1

By Mike White     Apr 14, 2014 in Food
All junk food in a la carte lunches, vending machines, student stores and even fundraisers, including bake sales, will be banned from United States schools as of July 1. Some parents think the move is great, but others are highly critical.
“I think that’s great!” commented Betsy Hunsucker, a Brownsburg, Indiana mother, according to “I think kids would love fruits and vegetables. I’m afraid that parents have spoiled their children so much with the choices that they allow them to make at home that the kids will turn up their noses to the nutrition."
“I like the way it’s done now because they have fast food one day a week,” Vicki Masters disagreed, explaining she thinks some children will just not eat, rather than eat foods they dislike. "They are in Plainfield and they have a lot of choice. They have things that they actually will eat so they do get food in them to go through their day. There are things they just won’t eat. They’d rather not eat than eat something they don’t like.”
Under the rules, fruit, protein-rich foods, dairy products and foods rich with whole-grains will be allowed. Students in high schools will be allowed low-calorie and carbonated drinks with caffeine.
Some school systems have already made such changes, with one being Brownsburg.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) rules about lunches are 54 pages long. Besides having fruit, protein-rich foods, dairy products and whole-grain foods, snack foods and sides must not have more than 200 calories. Entrees must not have more than 350 calories. No food must have more than 35% sugar. Snacks must not have more than 230 mg. of sodium.
According to, beverages allowed will include water, vegetable juice and 100 percent fruit juice. High school students are the only ones who will be allowed carbonated beverages.
According to, some United States school systems are opting out of the new requirements. Many school administrators say the amount of food the government wants to allow will not allow children to have enough energy to make it through the day. The article stated one school district in New York, which it claimed is a very liberal state, has declined to become involved in First Lady Michelle Obama's school lunch program.
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