American Academy of Pediatrics – New Statement on School Food

“Everything in Moderation” is a motto we’ve heard often. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is now using it in relation to recommendations on what to feed our kids. Read more about a balanced approach to sugar, fat and salt content in your children’s diet: American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends Whole Diet Approach to Children’s Nutrition

Particularly of interest is the acknowledgement that while school lunch and snack programs have improved significantly in recent years, “There remains an opportunity, however, to improve the nutritional quality of food brought from home, which is often lower in nutrition and higher in calories, according to the policy statement.” The AAP recommends a five-step approach parents and schools can take in selecting food for packed lunches and social events:

  • Select a mix of foods from the five food groups: vegetables, fruits, grains, low-fat dairy, and quality protein sources, including lean meats, fish, nuts, seeds and eggs).
  • Offer a variety of food experiences.
  • Avoid highly processed foods.
  • Use small amounts of sugar, salt, fats and oils with highly nutritious foods to enhance enjoyment and consumption.
  • Offer appropriate portions.

Read the full text from the AAP: Snacks, Sweetened Beverages, Added Sugars, and Schools