School Lunchtime: Juice Is a Fruit as Ketchup is a Vegetable

By Sadie Bass

Oct 20, 2009 12:41pm

What should school kids eat for lunch?  Save the hot dogs for the weekend…there are new recommendations out today that say children should be eating a lot more of the good stuff.  It’s been a while since the menu has been tinkered with, so the Institute of Medicine (a science research arm of Congress) has taken an extensive look.  The group finds that subsidized school lunches need to include much more veggies and fruits and much less french fries.  While that sort of approach will be costly, keeping the menu the same is arguably more costly — obesity is a crisis among America’s children.  But when you look at the recommendations today there is one that jumps out.  While there is no question the report is pushing hard for healthier options, according to the Associated Press, here’s what they say about fruit at lunch:  “Each week, kids should be offered 2 ½ to 5 servings of fruit for lunch, depending on their grade…No more than half the fruit servings should be juice.”  Juice is a fruit?  Sounds like ketchup is a vegetable.

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