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Bernard and Nancy Duke 
Article Title
Is Your Child Eating A Healthy Lunch In School? 
Posted Date
3/26/2010 

One of the leading topics in the media currently is childhood obesity. For a long time, men and women allowed their children to drink juice and bologna sandwiches without a lot of contemplation. But, new studies have revealed that most inexpensive juices are created principally from sugar and also that processed meats are higher in fat and salt. Parents understand they have the opportunity of having their kids get school lunches, but do the schools feature nutritious meals?

Anyone which has a child or perhaps works with little children should really become aware of what they are consuming for lunch. A few people believe that schools only serve greasy snack-type foods such as chicken nuggets combined with French fries. But, when schools abide with the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) regulations, parents needn't worry. The NSLP makes sure that low quantities of trans fat (10% or less) sodium and sugars are part of the food. The NSLP addionally offers the encouraged daily allowance of fruits and vegetables along with 2/3 of the foods and a large number of schools have salad bars. (A couple of schools even have locally grown produce, which can help the local economy as well). Of course, salad dressings are often fatty, yet if the kid chooses balsamic vinaigrette over ranch or bleu cheese, he / she won't be imbibing additional, unhealthy calories.

While thinking about "fast-food" style choices being offered at schools, parents can feel much better to know about the multiple revisions being made in order to conform to more healthy eating behaviors. For example, nearly all schools who serve pizza use a whole grain crust together with low-fat and low-sodium cheese and sauce. Quite a bit of the menu items are baked, not fried, like in the past. Far more fruit and vegetables are featured in main dishes and spaghetti or lasagna will very likely be created with whole grain pasta also. Additionally, school lunches commonly have a third of the suggested daily allowance of crucial vitamins, like calcium, iron, protein and Nutritional vitamins A and C.

One question parents as well as other people may ask is "Isn't a packed lunch from home healthier than one purchased at school?" Not necessarily. Ample analysis has revealed that, in general, students who eat lunches overseen by the NSLP keep up a much healthier weight compared to those that take meals from home. They're normally also a lot more probable to eat far more veggies and fruits, and they consume a smaller amount soda pop, which accounts for huge amounts of sugary calories on its own. Lastly, kids who consume school lunches are likely to sustain a suitable weight even whenever they are not in school. On the whole, parents should not fret when their kids are eating lunches from a school cafeteria, as long as the school is in accordance with NSLP polices.

It is essential to monitor what they're eating and also to infuse smart behaviors, but the majority of kids will not be putting on more weight by ingesting at school. If you are worried about what's currently being served in the children's school, it's not a problem to ask questions as well as get involved in case you are disappointed with what you discover. The number one objective is definitely that childhood obesity will become a thing of the past.

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Duke Catering was started in 2000, by Bernard And Nancy Duke, both of whom are very experienced food service professionals. They quickly became the fastest growing diversified caterer in South Jersey. Duke Catering provides school food service and a healthy lunch to over 1800 SJ school children and provide event catering for businesses and individuals. For more information visit DukeCatering.com 
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