School cafeterias resist low-carb pressure

Filed under: In The News — Tags: — @ July 29, 2004

While low-carb diets are changing the contents of grocery stores and the menus of fast-food restaurants, school cafeterias are yet to adapt to the new lifestyle.

That’s because school lunch menus are dictated by recommendations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture–the creator of the Food Guide Pyramid, which recommends six to 11 servings of breads and grain.

bq. While food service administrators are looking for healthier choices than Tater Tots and fish sticks, low-carb options aren’t common in schools. Some doctors say such diets aren’t appropriate for growing children and active teenagers. But as America’s struggle with childhood obesity continues, schools may be increasingly fielding requests from parents to add low-carb options.

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