Require Dairy Alternatives in School Lunch Programs

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Originally Posted: 17 January 2010

Require Dairy Alternatives in School Lunch Programs

FROM Care2.com Petition Site

The Child Nutrition Act will be reauthorized in 2010. Tell Congress the National School Lunch Program should be required to include non-dairy alternatives to cows' milk and milk products to improve the health of America's children.

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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

For kids, a big part of their nutrition comes from school lunches. But when they go to their cafeterias, they're immediately served a food linked to high cholesterol, obesity, cancer, infertility, arthritis and diabetes.

Cows' milk is the largest source of artery-clogging saturated fats in children's diets, causes over half the cases of juvenile iron deficiency anemia and is the #1 allergic food in the country.

In the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, Congress ordered the USDA to update meal guidelines. However, in 2008, schools still regularly served high-fat, high-cholesterol foods.

Healthy, low-fat, calcium-rich alternatives to cows' milk include non-dairy milks, like fortified soymilk, dark leafy green vegetables and beans.

Also read Require Dairy Alternatives in School Lunch Programs.


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