New school lunch menu that tosses out Obama's whole grains in favor of chocolate milk could leave children hungry and unfocused, experts fear

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School lunches are set to get saltier, sweeter and less nutritious following a new rule from the US Department of Agriculture Wednesday.

The USDA's School Meal Flexibility Rule cuts schools slack on several nutritional requirements implemented under the Obama administration.

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Schools will have more leeway to serve students refined grains, sodium-rich and sweetened foods, which the new rule says will reduce wasted food thrown out by students who do not like their healthier lunches.

Research has shown less waste in schools after healthier lunches were introduced, and experts are concerned that students' health and school performances could suffer due to the changes.

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Heavily-promoted by former First Lady Michelle Obama, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) introduced requirements that school lunches provide children with more fruit, vegetables, protein and whole grains, and cut back on sugars and sodium in 2010.

The Republican party and President Trump have long railed against the Obama-era standards, which Trump called 'overkill' during his campaign.

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The new rule echoes those sentiments, claiming that the stricter guidelines were burdensome and wasteful for schools that were struggling to implement the healthier lunches and get kids to eat them.

'It doesn’t do any good to serve nutritious meals if they wind up in the trash can,' said Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in a press release.

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'These flexibilities give schools the local control they need to provide nutritious meals that school children find appetizing,' he added.

But the USDA reported in June that 90 percent of schools claimed to comply with the healthier lunch requirements. A Harvard study found that kids were getting 16 percent more vegetables sand 23 percent more fruit than they had been previously.

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The new rule would likely change those numbers. Under the HHFKA, meals served to students had to be rich in whole grains. The new School...
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