School Lunch Nutrition – What Parents Need To Know

Most school lunches, whether they are packed at home, or purchased at school, usually only include 1 piece of fruit and 1 veggie. What parent can be certain that they will be eaten though? We can only hope, right?

Did you know that according to Ohio State research, only 22 percent of toddlers and preschoolers and only 16 percent of kids ages 6 to 11 meet the government’s recommendation of 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day? Whoa . . . those are really low numbers.

Fruits and vegetables benefit kids in many ways, including improved nutrition, decreased obesity risk and better school performance. Children who consumed a higher amount of fruits and vegetables performed better on academic tests than children who consumed fewer fruits and vegetables in a study published in the April 2008 issue of the “Journal of School Health.”

If we want our kids to have the best advantage to do well in school, and on those numerous mandated tests, we can’t afford to wonder if they are eating enough fruits and vegetables. We have to be sure.

What has worked for me is to provide my daughter with a chewable concentrated fruits and vegetable tablet that gives her the Phytonutrient equivalent of 5+ servings of fruits and vegetables per day.  I just feel more confident knowing that I am providing her with the nutrition that she needs before she leaves the house.  I never have to worry whether she ate the fruits and vegetables that were packed in her lunch box, or provided in the school lunch if she happens to have to purchase it.  That little bit of peace of mind is well worth the investment.

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