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Whole Grain-Rules for School Lunches Rolled Back by Trump Administration

Foods made mostly of refined grains and low-fat chocolate milk will once again be allowed in the U.S. school lunch program, as the Trump administration changes standards introduced under the Obama administration.

Under the previous rules, only whole grains could be served and only fat-free milk could be flavored, the Associated Press reported.

The Trump administration is also scrapping a final target for limiting sodium, but schools will still have to meet reduced sodium standards.

Only half the grains served will have to be whole grains, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday. Products affected include noodles, tortillas, biscuits and grits, the AP reported.

The whole grain-only rule was too difficult for some districts to meet, according to the School Nutrition Association, which represents local cafeteria operators and food companies.

But the American Heart Association urged schools to “stay the course” and meet the stricter standards that started taking effect in 2012, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest said reversing the whole-grain requirement makes no sense because most schools were already in compliance, the AP reported.

The school lunch program, which provides low-cost or free lunches, served about 30 million children last year.

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