What is a Smart Snack in School?


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The new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for Smart Snack in Schools is working to help students have healthier snacks in schools, encouraging schools to stop selling foods high in unnecessary sugars, salts and fats like candy bars, sodas, and fried foods.

In fact, new recommendations from the American Heart Association reveal that children and teens should consume less than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day.

Are Smart Snacks in your school?

Each snack offered must meet guidelines set by the USDA, including but not limited to sugar, salt, fat and calorie limits.

Beverages are limited in schools as well, no soda is allowed to be sold and only 100% fruit or vegetable juice is allowed, although some juices still contain high amounts of natural sugars.

Find out more by reading the USDA’s Smart Snacks standards.

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