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10 Worst School Lunch Menu Items


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Sodas

You kids may love them, but sodas are responsible for more empty calories than anything else they put in their body. Sodas are loaded with sugar and high fructose corn syrup, plus they contain phosphorus, an ingredient that can deplete calcium levels in growing bones. There's been a movement to have machines removed or stocked with diet sodas only, but many schools still provide a supply of sugary sodas and other bottled drinks that are full of sugar, such as some fruit juices and sports drinks. It's best to regulate the amount of soda your children drink at home and encourage them to drink water, low-fat milk and fresh fruit juices at school.


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