SC bill trims calories, fat, sugar in school food
Feb 3, 2011 5:22:00 PM - thestate.com
South Carolina legislators are looking at cuts of a different kind, the type that would attack snack calories in schools.
Supporters of the measure said Thursday the legislation will help curb obesity and fight diabetes in a state where one-third of high school students are overweight.
The legislation says meals and snacks sold during school hours can't have more than 200 calories and no more than 35 percent of their calories from fat or weight from sugar.
It also says school can only sell water, low-fat or fat-free milk and fruit or vegetable drinks with 100 percent juice and added sweeteners. They can also sell other drinks with up to 10 calories in an eight-ounce container.
The limits don't apply for after-school programs or sporting events.
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