V is for ‘Vegan’: Plant-Based School Lunches on the Rise

With obesity rates on the rise, particularly among children, pressures from First Lady Michelle Obama and the USDA have increased the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and leaner meats in school lunches, while also reducing the amount of added sodium, sugar, and artificial ingredients.

“Why anyone would be opposed to giving healthy food to kids in schools is beyond me,” Marion Nestle, author and professor of nutrition and food studies at New York University, recently wrote on her blog. She points to several studies that show school lunches are healthier than ever, and kids who are eating the meals provided by the schools are less likely to be obese than kids who eat at home or bring their own meals.

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