Greek Yogurt, Alternative Sources of Protein


In April 2013, the USDA will launch a new program that puts Greek Yogurt as an alternative protein or meat. Especially for the school lunch menu. This effort is also to support dairy producers in America.

Senator Charles E. Schummer who petitioned as Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last June to add Greek yogurt to the list of proteins that meet the standards of the USDA lunch.

This movement is also providing support to dairy producers and Greek Yogurt in New York such as Chobani and Fage. Previously, USDA approved meat substitutes are several options such as tofu, nuts, seeds, cheese, and eggs.

Kevin Concannon, USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, tells Schummer about this decision. USDA will review the sales opportunity and interest in the school for the next few weeks.

"In the near future, the New York-made Greek Yogurt healthy and protein-rich will be eating lunch at school throughout New York and even the United States," Schumer said in its official website Schumer.senate.

Greek yogurt itself known with higher protein content than regular yogurt America. This year, a new healthy lunch guidelines, backed by Michelle Obama Vilsak and require 200-360 grams of protein lunch for students in kindergarten through high school.

"The list of food products offered by USDA will be updated regularly, with the addition of new products and healthy every year," said Kevin Concannon. She saw the protein products are often the most popular offered him the menu. Greek yogurt is expected to enhance protein menu which offered the USDA food program.

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