Makayla CsencsitsComp 2May 13, 2020Sugary Breakfast in SchoolsFollowing a series of emails and phone calls from parents concerned about the sugar content their children’s school breakfasts, the Houston Independent School District decided to look closely at the sugar content of their breakfast items. School districts that participate in the National School Breakfast Program must follow a strict set of regulations set forth by the USDA.The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) made significant changes to the breakfast meal pattern but did not set standards for the sugar content. The school district published an article in 2015 to provide the perspective of being a school food service organization who have concerns of how much sugar is in breakfast, and show the challenges and efforts made to provide students with healthy, well-balanced school breakfasts.The current Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) recommends a balance of calories and physical activity, increased intake of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low fat and fat-free dairy, and a reduction in saturated fats, trans fats, sodium, cholesterol and sugar. The sugar reduction, however, is based off added sugars, not total sugars. The current breakfast meal pattern requires a minimum of one cup of fruit, one cup of milk, and one ounce of whole grains offered each day. These regulations can make it challenging for a school district like the HoustonISD to minimize added sugar, the inability to distinguish added vs. natural sugar, and budgets.