Regardless of what lard-loving British kids and parents have to say, a new study suggests that American kids will actually groove to and rally behind healthy food when given the chance. A study conducted in 330 Minnesota public school districts by the University of Minnesota suggests that students will eat healthy food when it’s provided, and that healthy food doesn’t necessarily have to be more expensive than fattier, more conventional fare.

The AP story on the study says:

When the researchers crunched all the numbers they found that schools serving the healthiest lunches did not see a falloff in demand.

While serving better meals does entail higher labor costs, the study found, that’s offset by lower costs for more nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables compared with processed foods.

All in all, an important first step. Now, if only we could bring back recess

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