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How healthy are lunches served at school cafeterias?

School cafeterias are making strides toward serving healthier lunches. Federal nutrition standards require schools to offer more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and to limit the sodium, calories and saturated and trans fats in school foods.

Schools increasingly offer self-serve salad or produce bars, in addition to the traditional serving line. And a growing number of schools provide healthy grab-and-go options, such as prepackaged salads, whole fruit and packaged produce like bags of baby carrots, grapes and sliced apples.

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