School lunch still remains healthy after rule change, nutritionists say

Earlier this month, the federal government removed the limits on protein and grain amounts in school meals.

Jan. 17—The two-ounce hamburger is no longer the rule for school lunches, after the federal government this month permanently removed limits on the amount of protein and grain allowed in meals under the federally subsidized National School Lunch Program. But does this mean the much-heralded healthier school lunches are returning to super-sized portions?

Not at all, said Lynette Rock, president of the Burbank-based California School Nutrition Association.

“The new healthy school lunch meals are still healthy,” said Rock, who is also the director of nutrition services for the Torrance Unified School District. “The relaxation of regulations on grain and protein have had no negative impact on the healthiness of the meals, because you still have the limits on the calories.”