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School lunches from around the planet make the US look really, really bad

Truth?Feb 5, 2015, 5:20:54 PM
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If you're one of the many Americans who was subjected to subpar, unhealthy school lunches throughout your childhood, these images will prove to you that we have been doing it all wrong.

School-aged kids should be getting the healthiest options possible.  Those are the most formative years for the human body.  The wrong diet can lead to many health problems later in life, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Check out the images below to see how poorly we compare against school lunches throughout the world.  Hint: the U.S. is clearly the least healthy option of all.

 

Italy

Local fish on a bed of arugula, pasta with tomato sauce, caprese salad, baguette, and some grapes

Finland

Pea soup, beet salad, carrot salad, bread, and pannukakku (dessert pancake) with fresh berries

France

Steak, carrots, green beans, cheese, and fresh fruit

Brazil

Pork with mixed veggies, black beans and rice, salad, bread, and baked plantains

South Korea

Fish soup, tofu over rice, kimchi, and fresh veggies

Greece

Baked chicken over orzo, stuffed grape leaves, tomato and cucumber salad, fresh oranges, and Greek yogurt with pomegranate seeds

Ukraine

Mashed potatoes with sausage, borscht, cabbage, and syrniki (a dessert pancake)

Spain

Sautéed shrimp over brown rice and vegetables, gazpacho, fresh peppers, bread, and an orange

USA

Fried "popcorn" chicken, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit cup and a chocolate chip cookie

Check out the sweetgreen in schools program, the people behind this project.