USDA FINALLY limits added sugars in school meals

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USDA FINALLY limits added sugars in school meals

The good news: The USDA will finally be limiting sugars and sodium in school meals beginning in the 2025/6 school year. The aim is to reduce sugar to no more than 10% of total calories per week by 2027.

The room for improvement: the sodium reduction does not meet the standards that were first set in 2023 (a reduction of 30% over several years) and flavored milks (such as chocolate milk) are still allowed.

School meals can be an incredible help for many parents. Because of the lagging standards, it is our responsibility as parents to teach our kids to make smart choices even when selecting school meals. Whenever possible, I prefer to send kids with home-made meals. If that’s not possible try to supplement with added vegetables.

Dr. Leat Kuzniar ND
Dr. Leat Kuzniar ND
drkuzniar@njnaturopath.com

Dr. Kuzniar is a board member of the New Jersey Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is also a member of the Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She currently holds a State of Vermont Naturopathic Physician license (as New Jersey does not yet offer licensing for Naturopathic doctors).