New nutrition standards to allow healthier options at schools

February 9, 2012

On January 26, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) published revised nutrition standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. This final rule follows a proposal issued on Jan. 13, 2011. Last year, Joy Dubost, National Restaurant Assoc., wrote an ePerspective with her opinions on the proposal. Now that the standards have been published, Dubost offers a final look in the latest ePerspective post.

This is the first time in more than 15 years the standards have been revised to better reflect evidence-based science, including the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. As Dubost says, in general, there were no real surprises based on the initial proposal. With these new meal standards, she believes we are not only teaching our kids good eating habits but positively impacting the entire family. Dubost ends her ePerspective post by challenging food scientists to work towards improving the breakfast and lunch items so that they not only meet the nutrition standards but are visually appealing and taste good to children and adolescents. What are your thoughts on the new nutrition standards? Share your thoughts at IFT’s ePerspective blog.

Joy Dubost’s ePerspective