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Health Alert: Lunch boxes for kids not meeting school standards

Updated: Wednesday, December 17 2014, 03:44 PM EST
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- A new report from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics had a word of caution for parents who pack their child's lunch for school.

When researchers looked at the lunchbox contents of about 600 children they found only about one in three met even some of the recommended guidelines for school lunch programs.  The standards for lunches provided by schools said children's lunches should include a piece of fruit, a vegetable, a whole grain, a protein source such as meat or cheese and milk,
In most cases children didn't even get three of the five.  Quite often it was the fruit or vegetable that was missing,  Nutrition experts at the Cleveland Clinic said don't forget that you can add juices if kids prefer it.  Finger foods such as carrots or celery for veggies are best to include these even if parents want to add pretzels and chips.

Don't forget that popcorn is a whole grain!

This study was conducted in kids who were in the third and fourth grades.

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