Smart Snacks: Graded

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2023 Competitive Foods in Schools Report

This report assesses the nutritional quality of the snacks, entrées, and beverages sold to K-12 students through school vending machines and cafeteria a la carte lines. The key findings? Many snacks are too high in added sugars; harmful sweeteners and dyes are too common in products sold to schoolchildren; and high schoolers can still purchase sugar-sweetened beverages on campus. To protect kids’ health, the USDA must update Smart Snacks standards to align with the science and expert recommendations.

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