Diabetes Forecast

Packed Lunches Get Failing Grade

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,
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Lunches served in school tend to be more healthful than those packed at home. That’s what researchers found when they examined 1,314 lunches for prekindergarten and kindergarten kids at three different schools for five days. Overall, the school lunches had fewer calories and were more likely to meet recommended nutrition standards. The packed lunches tended to have fewer fruits and vegetables, less milk, more fat-filled snacks (such as chips and crackers), and more sugar-sweetened drinks. Next time you pack your children’s lunch, include the healthful foods they may be missing—and avoid the junk food they don’t need.
Source: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published online Nov. 7, 2014



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