November 8th, 2012
Two weeks ago, I gave a brief history on the progression of lunch for schoolchildren. Then, the following week, which was only last week, I followed up with Part 2, explaining how Thin ‘n Trim deli meats are healthy lunch meats for kids, especially in regards to our low sodium content.
This week, I conclude my 3-part post of convincing you that Thin ‘n Trim deli meats are healthy lunch meats for kids by touching on the fat content and the calories of our deli meats.
Recall that earlier this year, the USDA issued the final rule for Nutritional Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. In that issue, the USDA provided a timeline that schools are to follow, in order to reach target levels of items such as the sodium and caloric intake of food groups during a given breakfast or lunch meal.
In the table above, it shows the Final Rule Meal Requirements for the lunch meal program. The columns on the right, though not indicated here, are (from left to right): Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. Please use this as a references as you read through my post.
In the final rule for Nutritional Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, another meal pattern that is to be implemented in the schools, is that the saturated fats (as a percentage of total calories) within a meal should not exceed 10% for all grade levels. It’s nice to note that all of Thin ‘n Trim’s Turkey Breast and Chicken Breast deli meats have 0 g of saturated fats per serving! Our deli hams all have 0.5 g of saturated fats, while the remaining varieties of beef and cold cuts have up to 2 g of saturated fats. Thus, we’re already maintaining a good target level here well before what the USDA expects of school lunch programs.
In the final rule for Nutritional Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, it indicates that all meals should have zero grams of trans fat per serving. Well that’s easy. All Thin ‘n Trim deli meats already have 0 g of trans fat per serving!
All Thin ‘n Trim deli meats have 60-70 calories per serving, except for Thin ‘n Trim Chicken Breasts. Those are actually only 45 calories per serving! Looking more in-depth at calories from fat, a few highlights are:
- Thin ‘n Trim Chicken Breast deli meats only have 5 calories from fat per serving
- Thin ‘n Trim Turkey Breast deli meats have 5-10 calories from fat per serving
- The other varieties of deli meats have between 15 and 20 calories from fat per serving.
As shown in the table above, the target calorie ranges for Grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12, respectively, are 550-650 calories, 600-700 calories, and 750-820 calories. Thus, the low amount of calories per serving in Thin ‘n Trim deli meats allows for a wider range in calories for the other food groups for any given lunch meal!
Although this set of posts spanned a few weeks, the key points to this topic of Thin ‘n Trim deli meats serving as healthy lunch meats for kids are:
- The final rule for Nutritional Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs indicate target sodium levels, as well as target meal patterns concerning calories, saturated fats, and trans fats for meals offered in schools. In their timeline, these targets are to be satisfied by July 2022.
- Though Thin ‘n Trim is not offered in school cafeterias, our deli meats are a great option for lunch meats.
- Our deli meats’ low sodium and low fat content are already below the target levels. Though those levels are for an entire meal, the addition of grains, vegetables, and fruits to our lunch meats would still make it relatively easy for any parent to make a healthy lunch for their child, while staying within the target levels.
- Thus, it is good for any parent to know that if they prefer their child to bring their own sack lunches, the use of our Thin ‘n Trim lunch meats ensures great taste as well as a healthy alternative to cafeteria lunches.
- Comparing our deli products to those of our competitors, you will notice a significant difference in sodium levels, with ours being lower than theirs. If you don’t trust my word on it, go ahead and look at the nutritional information provided on each of their websites!
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