New medical study shows triple amount of fiber in plant-based school meals
A new study published in in The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management has shown plant-based schools meals offer triple the amount of heart-healthy fiber compared to standard entrées.
The data comes from a pilot scheme in Washington D.C. at a K-8 school.
The vegan entrées included sesame tofu, three-bean chili, barbecue tofu bites, southwest veggie burgers, plant-based sloppy joes, and pasta with chickpeas.
These entrées had an average of 9.5 grams of fiber, while standard meat-based entrées averaged just 2.8 grams.
Susan Levin, MS, RD, director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee said:
“Many U.S. kids are falling woefully short on fruits, vegetables, and fiber—setting them up for heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health problems.
“Our pilot program showed that serving plant-based options on the lunch line can help kids get more of the important nutrients they need to stay healthy.”