If a school does not make these changes and get rid of the sweet treats, they are putting students at risk for different health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, and obesity. According to the Livestrong website, school lunches can cause these risks due to being high in sodium. Seemingly-healthy lunches can cause diabetes due to high fructose (a sugar mainly found in honey and fruit) and corn syrup. Liver disease is caused by taking in too much food that contains refined flour and processed whole grains; these two ingredients in food can cause the body to release insulin more rapidly than it is needed.
When it comes to not getting enough nutrients from the school lunches, it may lower students’ IQ scores, memory capacities, fine motor skills, social skills and language skills into early adulthood and beyond. These are all skills that are needed in not only school activities, and at work, but are also needed in everyday life.
As a final result, school lunches are now better for the students at many schools. With the changes that have been made, each student comes to school ready for new knowledge and can continue their day receiving the new knowledge that they need to learn, all because they are getting the nutrients that they need in each school lunch.
-by Zoie Mathis