Comparison of nutrient content and cost of home-packed lunches to reimbursable school lunch nutrient standards and prices

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dc.contributor.author Johnson, Cara M.
dc.contributor.author Bednar, Carolyn
dc.contributor.author Kwon, Junehee
dc.contributor.author Gustof, Alissa
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-17T19:06:56Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-17T19:06:56Z
dc.date.issued 2010-11-17
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/6519
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to compare nutrient content and cost of home-packed lunches to nutrient standards and prices for reimbursable school lunches. Researchers observed food and beverage contents of 333 home packed lunches at four north Texas elementary schools. Nutritionist Pro was used to analyze lunches for calories, total fat, saturated fat, protein, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, fiber, and sodium content. These values were then compared to National School Lunch Program (NSLP) standards and other nutrient standards. Cost of each home-packed lunch was estimated based on food prices at three local supermarkets. A one-sample t-test (p = 0.05) was used to compare nutrient values of home packed lunches to National School Lunch Program (NSLP) standards. A paired t-test was used to compare cost of home packed lunches to each school’s full price for a reimbursable school lunch. Home packed lunches differed significantly from NSLP nutrient standards, containing fewer calories, more sodium, and less vitamin A, calcium, iron, and dietary fiber. Mean cost of home- packed lunches at 3 of the 4 schools was significantly less than the sales price for the reimbursable school lunches. Reimbursable school lunches provided by schools participating in the NSLP provide overall healthier meals for children than most home-packed lunches. Parents should be made aware of the nutritional benefits of school meals. en_US
dc.relation.uri http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Content.aspx?id=13232 en_US
dc.rights © 2000 - 2010 School Nutrition Association, All Rights Reserved en_US
dc.subject Elementary schools en_US
dc.subject National School Lunch Program en_US
dc.subject Home-packed lunches en_US
dc.subject Reimbursable school lunches en_US
dc.subject Nutrition en_US
dc.subject Cost en_US
dc.title Comparison of nutrient content and cost of home-packed lunches to reimbursable school lunch nutrient standards and prices en_US
dc.type Article (publisher version) en_US
dc.date.published 2009 en_US
dc.citation.epage 8 en_US
dc.citation.issue 2 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Journal of Child Nutrition and Management en_US
dc.citation.spage 1 en_US
dc.citation.volume 33 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jkwon en_US

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