Three San Diego districts exceed sodium requirements

Districts are looking for ways to reduce sodium without compromising taste.

Aug. 2—Earlier this month it was reported that 60% of cafeteria lunches reviewed by the state in the past five years failed to meet at least one nutritional requirement, according to California Watch.

About 30 percent of school districts exceeded the saturated-fat limit and four out of five districts exceeded recommended sodium levels.

Looking at San Diego county schools The Watchdog looked at data for five districts inspected by the state during the 2010-11 school year: La Mesa Spring Valley Unified School District, Ramona Unified School District, San Dieguito High School District, Encinitas Union School District and Oceanside Unified School District.

The inspection results showed that three of the districts exceeded the recommended levels for sodium: San Dieguito High School District, Encinitas Union School District and Oceanside Unified School District. However, all five of districts came in under the limits for fat and saturated fat. They also exceeded the recommended levels for calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber.

San Dieguito and Oceanside nutrition officials said they are slowly experimenting with reduced-sodium ingredients and menu items in order to identify products students will still enjoy eating.