Mandates Aren’t Getting Kids To Eat Healthy

Nutrition experts battled for years to get healthier food into school lunches but a new study suggests they’re losing the war. That’s the takeaway from a University of Vermont study. Researchers trained cameras on cafeteria trays as students placed food on them, and later as the kids brought them to the trash.

The results: the extra fruits and veggies mandated by the government ended up getting tossed. Food waste increased by a whopping 56%. The study concluded that government requirements mandating a child to select a fruit or vegetable under the updated national school lunch program guidelines do not guarantee they’ll eat them.