Minimal nutritional value

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Minimal nutritional value, in United States law, refers to foods that may not be sold in competition with the school lunch and breakfast programs. These are foods that USDA has determined contain little to no nutritional value. For example, sugar candy, soda pop without fruit juices, and chewing gum are considered to be foods of minimal nutritional value. Candy containing nuts or chocolate is considered to have some nutritional value.


The USDA defines these categories of food as having minimal nutritional value:[1]

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  1. ^ "Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value". Appendix B of 7 CFR Part 210. Food and Nutrition Service, United States Department of Agriculture. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 2017-08-04.