The federal government is passed a proposal to impose a ban on junk foods and soda in schools. This proposal, while banning junk food and soda in schools, also bans states from setting stricter nutritional standards.
However, there are certain states that have already enacts bans to stop sale of junk food and soda in schools.
If this proposal is passed by the federal government, school cafeterias and vending machines in schools will not be allowed to sell junk food and sodas. In fact, the amendment to the Farm Bill will set nutritional standards so that schools are allowed to sell only bottled water, fruit juices, or plain or flavored milk with calories up to 170 calories per 8 ounces. This will be the norm in elementary and middle schools. While high school students will be able to buy diet soda or sports drinks in schools.
Ban on junk food and soda in schools will limit sodium, saturated and trans fats, and sugar. Snacks sold in elementary and middle schools will around 180 calories per serving, and the calories for high school snacks will be 200 calories.
However, many community groups are forcing schools to get rid of unhealthy food and drinks from schools. And, these groups are actually getting results. Many schools are now making efforts to remove fried foods from their menus and sodas from the vending machines. Instead school nutritionists are trying to be creative in preparing menus that will provide not only nutritious and healthy food but also ensure that children enjoy eating them.
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