Federal rules require healthier school snacks


CNN: New federal rules will replace candy bars, potato chips and sports drinks with granola bar, baked chips and milk in schools.

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CNN: New federal rules will replace candy bars, potato chips and sports drinks with granola bar, baked chips and milk in schools.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards represent the first nutritional overhaul of school snacks in more than 30 years.

The regulations set limits for fat, salt and sugar sold in places such as vending machines and snack bars. School foods must contain at least 50% whole grains or have a fruit, vegetable, dairy or protein as the first ingredient. Foods that contain at least ¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetables will also be allowed.

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