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USDA Replacing Junk Food In Schools With “Smart Snacks”

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(CBS NEWS) - Students, say goodbye to junk food temptations during school hours. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is replacing potato chips and candy bars with baked chips and granola bars as part of new standards for the nation’s schools.

The new initiative is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which required the USDA to place nutrition standards on all food sold in schools.

Smart Snacks uses science-based nutrition guidelines and practical expectations to try and get kids to choose healthier items. More whole grains, low fat dairy, fruits and vegetables and leaner protein are promoted. Foods high in fat, sugar and sodium are made less available. The plan only affects foods sold during the day, and items sold at after school sporting events or other activities are not included.

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