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by Roberta Friedman We saw it co...

Posted Sep 14 2008 3:43pm

by Roberta Friedman

We saw it coming a few years ago, when the Oreos Hundred-Calorie Pack showed up in school vending machines and grocery stores. Now, the junk food industry has gone whole hog. They’ve reformulated over 10,000 snack products to have a little less sugar and fat, and packaged them in smaller amounts. This highly processed junk food now meets updated nutrition standards for calories, fat, and sugar set by many school systems and several states for foods sold outside the school meal programs. So, for example, despite legislation passed in 2005 in California, which was supposed to ban junk food and sodas from schools, the state's public school students can still make a meal out of potato chips and cookies, albeit it lower-calorie, lower-fat chips and cookies. They’re what the industry is calling “better-for-you” foods.

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