Iowa schools put new menu items to the test

Schools in Iowa increasingly are using student taste-testing to introduce new foods, encourage healthier eating and help nutrition professionals craft menus. Sandy Huisman, director of nutrition services in Des Moines schools, say the taste-tests help schools avoid wasting money on food rejected by students. "Sometimes we think it's a great item, but that doesn't necessarily mean the kids do," she said. "Just like at home, not everything passes the test."

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