Institute of Medicine Panel: Limit School Meal Calories, Sodium

A panel studying school meal programs for the Institute of Medicine has recommended calorie limits along with more fresh fruits and vegetables, more whole grains and less starch and less sodium. The recommendations, which will be presented to Congress as it deliberates the reauthorization of the National School Lunch Act, will admittedly increase costs, by about 18% for breakfasts and 4% for lunches, according to the panel, which was composed of scientists and school officials.

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