A new study found that school-provided lunches are more nutritious than those brought from home.
Comparing over 750 school meals with more than 560 packed lunches given to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students in 3 schools over the course of 5 days, Virginia Tech researchers found that the home lunches were less healthy, specifically:
“There was a spectrum,” Alisha Farris
, a Ph.D candidate at Virginia Tech
and lead researcher said
. “There were some really healthy packed lunches. But overall, they were pretty unhealthy.”
The study is published in the November-December issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
Of the 50 million children in US public schools, close to 60% of students eat school lunch while about 40% bring their lunch.
Well…I guess First Lady Michelle Obama could gloat about this one given her platform during her husband’s two terms has been mainly promoting healthier school lunches and she has pushed to make them even more healthier.