Kids school lunch

Menu IconA vertical stack of three evenly spaced horizontal lines. 2012 have led some picky eaters to refuse more of the food offered at school. It costs more to feed kids healthier kids school lunch, however. Since the 2014-2015 school year, cafeterias across the country were required to serve kids “whole grain rich” meals.

The USDA did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment for this story. Whole grains are rich in fiber and protein, as well as B vitamins and minerals, which are good sustenance for your muscles, digestive system, tissues and bones. In contrast, refined grains, which have been stripped of their nutrient-rich outer shells, get processed more quickly in the body and turned into sugar, which can cause people to overeat and promote weight gain. Long-term studies have shown that more refined carbohydrate consumption can also lead to diabetes and heart disease. Eating whole grains, on the other hand, can prevent these problems.

The Obama Administration’s nutrition rules were designed to essentially cut current salt levels in school lunches in half by 2022. Both low- and high-salt diets are associated with increased mortality. Recent studies suggest the ideal sodium consumption level for kids is around 3 to 4 grams of sodium per day. Current school lunches contain about 1. 4 grams of salt, and the Trump administration is keeping that the same. Nutrition experts say the target set in the Obama-era rules might have gone too far. The sodium requirement may have been too restrictive,” Susan Gross, a child nutrition expert at Johns Hopkins, told Business Insider in an email.

Kids are once more allowed to drink sugary flavored milk. But any carton of flavored milk, regardless of its fat content, isn’t a good choice for kids. More than half of US children in school today are on track to be obese by age 35. Gross said that sugary drinks at school may be contributing to that epidemic. A single carton of flavored milk adds about four teaspoons of sugar to a child’s daily diet. Studies suggest that students have gotten used to the new healthier options, and are eating more nutritious food at school than they were when the rules were first implemented.

But studies show that’s not true. If some kids don’t eat nutrient-rich foods at school, they won’t get them at all. According to the report, Shaw, Mississippi resident Betty Newson said her grandson “might get more the food he really needs” at school, but not at home. Gross said that’s a common situation nationwide. For some students, the only whole grains they consume may be those from foods received from supplement food programs such as school meals,” she said. Studies have shown that there’s a clear relationship between healthier food and healthier brains. A childhood diet high in processed foods has been associated with a higher likelihood of depression and anxiety later in life.

A poor diet in the first years of a child’s life can also increase their risk for behavioral and emotional problems. But some research suggests making healthy diet changes can effectively prevent some depressive episodes, and that eating lots of fruit, vegetables, fish, and whole grains can reduce a person’s risk for depression overall. Exposing kids to a variety of healthy foods early on can impact what they like to eat later in life. Researchers say the eating patterns that kids establish early in life typically follow them into adulthood. As a group of Canadian researchers put it in 2007, “if children are to learn to prefer and select healthy foods, they need early, positive, repeated experiences with those foods. Menu IconA vertical stack of three evenly spaced horizontal lines. 2012 have led some picky eaters to refuse more of the food offered at school.

It costs more to feed kids healthier meals, however. Since the 2014-2015 school year, cafeterias across the country were required to serve kids “whole grain rich” meals. The USDA did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment for this story. Whole grains are rich in fiber and protein, as well as B vitamins and minerals, which are good sustenance for your muscles, digestive system, tissues and bones. In contrast, refined grains, which have been stripped of their nutrient-rich outer shells, get processed more quickly in the body and turned into sugar, which can cause people to overeat and promote weight gain.