Sugar Content of LAUSD Meals
What you can do to make school food healthier..?
Sugary School Breakfasts LAUSD school breakfasts contain up to 51 grams of added sugar (13 teaspoons), roughly the amount in a can of soda, and 79g of total sugar (20 teaspoons) This exceeds the daily limit recommended by the World Health Organization for consumption of added sugar. One single school breakfast may contain sweetened cereal, chocolate milk, coffee cake and orange juice
Consequences of added sugar Research from the USC Childhood Obesity Research Center has recently shown that a high sugar diet is a major factor leading to overweight and type-2 diabetes risk factors in Latino children in LA. One in 3 children born after the year 2000 are projected to have diabetes, but in Latinos (72% of LAUSD students) this risk increases to 1 in 2 children.
Say no to chocolate milk By consuming chocolate milk each day at breakfast and lunch, students consume 14 cups (nearly a gallon) of sugar per school year. District officials agree that chocolate milk is not ideal, but fear that kids won!t participate in school lunch if it is not offered. Now is the time for parents and community members to show their support for removing chocolate milk and other sources of added sugar.
What you can do Attend the Menu Committee meetings held every Wednesday morning from 9:30-11:00am at the district headquarters (333 S. Beaudry, 28th floor). Translation in Spanish is available. Send a letter of support to the LAUSD superintendent, food services, your school board representative and governor.
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