If a group of Illinois lawmakers have their way, trans-fats would be off the menu at public schools. Lawmakers in Springfield are debating a bill that would prohibit schools from serving any food or drinks that contain unsaturated fat.
The law would apply to cafeterias, vending machines and fundraisers on school grounds.
Eagle Ridge School in Carbon Cliff says they have already implemented healthy low fat menus for their students and would have no problem adjusting if the bill is passed.
“The bottom line is the safety of our children and if they have determined that trans fat is not healthy for them then we need to eliminate them,” Superintendent Andy Richmond tells us.
Majority of the food served at Eagle Ridge is made in house by food service manager, Andiano Leoni. Leoni makes it a point to serve the healthiest, yet delicious foods and the critics approve.
“It’s really good macaroni and cheese because it gives you good nutrition and it makes your bones strong,” student McKinley Etheridge says.
The students at Eagle Ridge also received two snacks during the day in addition to the breakfast and lunch. Majority of the food served is already made with non-trans fat foods so they say making the transition would not be hard.
If the law is passed, Richmond says he’d like to see exceptions for things like fundraisers. No word yet about the bill’s chances of making it to the governor’s desk.