Junk food sale banned in Maharashtra schools

Junk food sale banned in Maharashtra schools

School cafeterias across the state of Maharashtra will now serve vegetable khichdi, rajma-rice, and idli-vada instead of junk food like pizzas, noodles and pastries. The change comes after the Maharashtra government banned the sale of junk food in the state in its bid to promote healthy food and lifestyle in school children,

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Two pieces of Idli and a bowl of sambhar gives 312 calories, 200mg sodium and 40 g of carbohydrates.

 

A Government Resolution (GR) listed 12 categories of foods including potato chips, noodles, carbonated soft drinks, pizza, burger, cakes, biscuits, buns, pastries and much more which can no longer be sold in school canteens. It also listed 20 items which can be sold to school children including wheat roti, vegetable pulav, idli-vada, coconut water, and jaljira.

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Poha, the famous Maharashtrian snack, is packed with iron. A bowl of vegetable poha gives 244 kcal while a bowl of peanut gives 589 kcal.

 

A Task Force, under the chairmanship of Director, National Nutrition Institute, Hyderabad, has been set up by the Union Government. Educational institutions have also been instructed to create awareness among students about importance of consuming nutritional food.

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Upma is rich in iron, calcium and Vitamin C and has just 1g fat. It gives 80 cal of energy

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