The USDA announced that Greek yogurt will be available to schools for use as a source of protein in school lunches.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act set minimum requirements for the amount of protein kids should have on their lunch tray. The protein can come in the form of a meat or meat alternative. Chobani, the major purveyor of Greek yogurt in the U.S., lobbied to have Greek yogurt added to the list of meat alternatives.
The program will be tested in schools in Idaho, Arizona, New York, and Tennessee. The USDA wants to determine how well the perishable food can be transported and stored before committing to Greek yogurt in school lunches.
A 170 gram container of nonfat Greek yogurt contains 100 calories, 17 grams of protein, 0.7 grams of fat, and 6 grams of carbohydrates. It’s a healthy food, but it often contains a plethora of stabilizing ingredients – in other words, it’s not just milk and culture, like the ads would have you believe. Still, adding another option for kids in the school cafeteria is a good thing.
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