It’s estimated that 30.6 million students in the US get their lunches in the school cafeteria versus bringing it from home. And that’s a problem: It’s been found that students who eat school lunches are at a higher risk for being an unhealthy weight.
While new standards are in place, schools have had a difficult time putting the guidelines to use.
These problems drove Sweetgreen, the rapidly growing chain of salad restaurants that’s making a quite a buzz, to start its Sweetgreen in Schools initiative. “School cafeterias are one of the biggest areas of opportunity that exist in the battle against childhood obesity,” the group said.
To get a better sense of how unhealthy food given to US schoolchildren really is, Sweetgreen researched what a school lunch looked like in eight other countries. The differences will surprise you.
Greece: baked chicken over orzo, stuffed grape leaves, tomato-and-cucumber salad, fresh oranges, yogurt with pomegranate seeds
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