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10 Worst School Lunch Menu Items


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Sweets and Desserts
Sweet treats should be monitored by parents so kids don't overindulge.
Sweet treats should be monitored by parents so kids don't overindulge.
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President Jimmy Carter put standards in place nearly 30 years ago for nutritional requirements in school lunches. Unfortunately, the fat, calories and sodium contents weren't regulated. These days, some schools offer doughnuts and cookies, and others have ice cream carts in the cafeteria. Desserts in the lunch line are full of sugar, empty calories and fat. Encourage your kids to avoid overdosing on sweets at school. Keep their desserts and sweet treats limited to dinnertime where you can monitor the amounts that they're consuming. Pack fresh fruits for your kids to take to school to help fight the sweet tooth.


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