Are Cafeteria Lunches Healthier Than Meals Brought From Home?

New study finds school cafeterias have been serving up healthier foods.
1:45 | 11/10/14

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We're going to turn to the battle over school lunches. New federal guidelines have calf near yas serving up healthier foods. Reporter: School cafeteria lunches. For years, they've been the butt of jokes. Lady, you're scaring us. Reporter: A new study suggests they may be healthier than the brown bag lunches at home. Packed lunches were of less nutritional quality than school lunches. Reporter: A team of researchers collected data on 1300 packed and school lunches over five consecutive school days. They came from pre-k and kinder departen students in preschools in rurp Virginia. They had less fruit. Fewer vegetables and less milk than the school lunches. The packed lunches had more savory snacks, like chips and crackers. And more sugar-sweetened beverages. I was surprised how great the differences wor. Check out this lunch. A bag of brownies. A bag of cookies and chips. A whopping 590 calories alone. While the sample size of the study was small, there's a lesson to be learned. The key, the less processed food the better. Stick to the basics. For protein and grain combo, have a Turkey and cheese rollup onner a tune fish sandwich. A fruit kebab. For a dairy snack, a string cheese or a low-fat yogurt. Let's go to robin in the social square. Can you hear the band outside

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