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Students slam the 'snack police'

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Chamberlain High seniors Trajan Rodriguez, Monica Storts and Harley Jimenez all have their favorites in the school's vending machine.

"Those bad boys right there, the M&M's, E4, gives you energy, tastes good, " Trajan says.

Monica goes a different route.

"I'm a Skittles kind of person. I don't like chocolate too much, so I'm more of the sweets, like the Skittles or Runts, or the Sour Worms."

Harley goes with the chips.

"Oh I'm definitely A4, sweet, spicy sweet chili Doritos"

But their favorites may soon be history. The USDA is becoming the "snack police."

"I don't think it's going to work. Honestly, we are teenagers and we do like to eat unhealthy stuff, that's just what we do."

The USDA is pushing more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. They've already overhauled school lunches, and now they are tackling snacks -- much to the dismay of students.

"Our vending machine definitely doesn't look healthy. It definitely looks like we're a bunch of teenagers eating junk food, but it's your choice, you don't have to eat the stuff that's in it."

Here are the new rules. Snacks must have less than 35 percent fat, less than 35 percent sugar, and fewer than 200 milligrams of sodium.

The federal government says with the obesity epidemic, they can't allow junk food. Regular sodas are out too -- no more Mountain Dew and Pepsi, which is a popular machine at Chamberlain.

Now it's just diet soda, flavored water and some sports drinks.

"I feel like, now that everyone is required to take PE classes, it's not that big of a deal. Someone like me, I'm an athlete, I don't think I'm going to get fat. I go to practice and I'll work it all off," Trajan says.

The vending machines are fundraisers too. At Chamberlain, the senior class gets proceeds from the sale of the snacks. The money helps to pay for senior prom and senior sendoff.

These new federal rules apply to candy fundraisers too. Students can still have those fundraisers, but there will be a limit to how many during the school year.

"It does kind of bother me that they're trying to dictate what we eat," Monica said.

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LINK: USDA recommendations: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/020113-snacks.pdf

 

 

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