POSTED: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 7:56pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 12:45pm
(KETK) Tyler Tx — Doritos and M & M's may not be in your high school vending machines anymore.
In 2014, those sugary high fat foods might be replaced by fruits and veggies.
The U.S.. Department of Agriculture is monitoring what kind of snack foods will be sold in public schools.
Starting next year, the department will ban items that are high in sugar, fat and sodium in school snack bars and vending machines.
"We're hoping that the vending machines will stay up to par and keep those items there that are more healthful for the kids so if they do just get a snack from the vending machine hopefully it will be a healthy meal than just a candy bar and soda," said TISD Director of Food Service Victor Olivares.
The government is encouraging schools to offer snacks with whole grains, low fat dairy, fruits and vegetables.
Olivares says at the high school level, the vending machines only sell water and sports drinks under 12 ounces.
Spokesperson for the Texas Comptroller Office RJ DeSilva says this is a step in the right direction to fight obesity in Texas.
"One in three Texas children is either overweight or obese so when you look at this it's the importance of the well being of kids and adults in Texas."