MCPS Food & Nutrition Services has selected East Silver Spring ES as a pilot school for a new lunch offering: Yogurt with Blueberries & Granola.
The total added sugar content is about 30 grams (or more than 7 teaspoons):
- Granola: 16 grams – all the sugar is added
- Yogurt: 28 grams
- Plain yogurt contains about 17-19 grams of sugar per 8 oz serving
- Yogurt flavoring contains about 9-11 grams of added sugar – or maximum 44 calories
- Blueberries: 6.6 grams – 100% blueberries – nothing added
The concern is that the American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of added sugar in kids’ diets to 3 teaspoons (about 12 grams) of added sugar per day for kids ages 4-8 years, and 5-8 teaspoons (about 20-32 grams) of added sugar per day for pre-teens and teenagers. The yogurt with blueberries and granola contains up to 2.5 times the AHA recommended daily limit for kids 4-8 years of age. That is a lot of extra sugar.
According to the MCPS Food & Nutrition Services, this menu items was introduced because yogurt and fruit are healthy, nutritious items that are popular with students. 8 oz of yogurt represents 2 oz of protein; which is low in fat and high in protein.
The item is offered to students on select Thursdays in November and December (11/12, 12/3, 12/10, and 12/17), the entrée “Yogurt with Blueberries & Granola” will be offered instead of the salad offering listed on the published menu.