Standards Urged For School Snacks

WASHINGTON (AP) --Millions of children could soon be saying goodbye to regular colas, candy and salty snacks during school hours.

Congress has been concerned about the rise of obesity in young people. So it asked the Institute of Medicine to develop a set of standards for foods that would be available in schools.

The Institute has responded with a two-tier system designed to encourage youngsters to eat more fruit, vegetables and whole grains and to avoid added sugars, salt and saturated fats.

Foods sold in school cafeterias under federally assisted lunch programs already must meet nutritional standards. The new recommendation covers items considered competitive with those foods, such as items sold in vending machines.

The standards would not apply to bag lunches that students bring from home.

The report now goes to Congress for consideration.

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