Eating Lunchables as a kid was just as American as peanut butter and jelly or apple pie.

Obviously, they're far from good for you with all the preservatives, and God knows what else is in them, but I think the convenience outweighs most of that. Haha.

Recently, Consumer Reports did a study on tasty treats and found that Lunchables served in schools differ from those you can buy at the store. 

Lunchables In Schools

First and foremost, I can't remember schools serving Lunchables in the cafeteria when I was growing up.

Evidently, some schools do now, hence the concern.

When Consumer Reports looked into Lunchables, they found that the version served by schools has significantly higher sodium.

You can see their study here

Consumer Reports Lunchable Findings

But it's not just the sodium levels that are concerning.

Consumer Reports also found high levels of lead and cadmium. Last time I checked, neither of those is good for humans.

The recent discoveries have prompted pushback from Consumer Reports. 

“Lunchables are not a healthy option for kids and shouldn’t be allowed on the menu as part of the National School Lunch Program,” said Brian Ronholm, director of food policy at Consumer Reports, which launched a petition to the USDA. “The USDA should remove Lunchables from the National School Lunch Program and ensure that kids in schools have healthier options.”

Lunchables Approved By USDA

Both Lunchables kits — Turkey & Cheddar Cracker Stackers and Extra Cheesy Pizza are currently part of the National School Lunch Program in the United States. 

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