Well, the USDA has once again set out their nutritional standards for public school lunches and they still have mimimum calorie requirements, and set limits on fat, but sugar? Nope. Despite mounting evidence that it is sugar and high carb foods, not fat, that are causing many health issues http://www.grist.org/article/food-2010-12-20-scientists-say-carbs–not-fat–are-the-biggest-problem-with, it is still ok to continue to serve sugar laden milk (of course, fat free because that’s better) http://www.grist.org/article/food-2011-01-13-head-of-harvard-nutrition-unit-says-no-to-chocolate-milk and have calorie requirements that are difficult to meet without having to add sugar, once you have to get rid of the fat. Now companies are trying to follow these guidelines and make food taste decent, by guess what? Adding sugar. http://www.bnet.com/blog/food-industry/how-food-companies-are-scrambling-to-stay-on-school-lunch-menus/2796?tag=content;drawer-container . Funny, since fat is actually an essential nutrient for survival, while carbohydrates, and obviously sugar, are not – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbohydrate. Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe in the end it is a parent’s job to be aware and in control of their children’s diet, but it certainly doesn’t help when the government isn’t giving any better guidelines to adults, and they are providing this processed, high sugar food that fits their “standards”. I don’t think I have all the answers here, I know that better food often equals more money, but I feel it is worth calling attention to. Here is info on one woman, Ann Cooper, who is making things better, perhaps some place to start? http://www.grist.org/article/food-2010-11-22-lessons-from-boulder-school-food.
And in case you haven’t read enough, an interesting article on a “Sugar Free” School – http://www.publicschoolreview.com/articles/151