Textbook Example Of Eating Clean

You're committed to feeding your family a balanced diet of whole foods, keeping an eye on calories and portion sizes. Unfortunately, you don't have any control over what the school cafeteria serves up for lunch. Research published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association suggests administrators have their work cut out for them. Experts contend that school food is weighed down with saturated fats, sugar and salt.

The School Nutrition Dietary Assessment looked at 398 public schools in 130 districts across the country. 2,314 students grade 1st through 12th were included during the 2004-2005 school year. The good news was 70% of the meals at these schools met standards for protein, calcium, iron and vitamins A & C. The bad news was only 7% of subsidized meals met all nutritional standards, and 42% of the schools offered no fresh fruits or raw vegetables.

The Bigger Picture: Getting around this predicament is easy, of course. All you have to do is make sure the kids pack a healthy sack lunch to take along. With obesity rates quadrupled among 6 to 11 year old American children, and tripled in the 12 to 19 year old adolescent age group, eating clean can play an important role in helping kids stay lean.
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