Nutrition in school meals more important than ever, as kids return to school.
More kids are expected to be in classrooms in the Fall, as vaccinations allow schools to re-open. But a debate rages over the sugar guidelines.
A recent study suggests that nine out of 10 school breakfasts, and nearly seven out of 10 lunches, exceeded DGA limits on added sugar.
Katie Wilson, executive director of the Urban School Food Alliance, shares Schwartz’s urgency about limiting sugar. “The USDA has refused to address sugar in school meals,” she said. “We’re going crazy on cutting sodium, but we’re not reducing sugar. It’s time for people to stop saying it’s not a problem.”
Some school breakfasts contain 50 grams of sugar. Shocking figures !(The American Heart Association recommends a maximum of 25 grams of added sugar per day for kids ages 2-18.) At Just For The Children, we intend to advocate for more nutritious school meals, and a reduction in sugar.