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School snacks are undergoing a healthy makeover — the first of its kind in more than 30 years.
Snacks bought and sold during the school day now are subject to strict salt, sugar and fat restrictions and contain more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy and protein.
Titled “Smart Snacks in School,” the program will go into effect for the 2014-2015 school year, allowing schools time to make the change.
In With The New
The changes include capping the calorie count on snacks at 200, meaning most candy bars won’t make the cut.
(Granola bars, cereal bars, trail mix, 100 percent juice drinks and yogurt are all in.)
Pizzas will be made healthier with whole grains, hamburgers will be lean with whole grain buns, and french fries will be baked instead of fried.
On CNN’s morning show, New Day, the anchors laughed at the idea that students would accept these new changes.
As they detailed what was “out” (like potato chips) and what was “in” (like baked chips) CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen said, “We’ll see how many kids actually like those.”
“You know what I really want right now? A bag of almonds. Nobody says that. They say, ‘I want a doughnut,’” CNN New Day anchor Chris Cuomo said.
In related news, 17 percent of children under the age of 19 are considered obese or overweight.
Unofficial Poll: Which would you choose, almonds or a doughnut?