Millions of children could soon be saying goodbye to regular colas, candy and salty snacks during school hours.
In response to the rising obesity rate, Congress asked the Institute of Medicine to develop a set of standards for foods that would be available in schools.
The institute has responded with a two-tier system designed to encourage youngsters to eat more fruit, vegetables and whole grains.
Foods sold in school cafeterias under federally-assisted lunch programs already must meet nutritional standards.
The new recommendations cover items considered competitive with those foods. The report now goes to Congress for consideration.