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Just as school districts across the country are banning things like sugary soft drinks and candy, here comes Domino's announcing its plan to double the number of school cafeterias serving its pizzas within the next year.
But wait! Don't go crying to Jamie Oliver just yet.
Domino's calls it the "Smart Slice," and while it may not be smart enough to finish your kid's trigonometry homework for her, the company says that it's actually a healthier alternative to regular pizza, one which has been formulated to meet newly released federal guidelines for school lunches. The Smart Slice includes a crust made from 51 percent whole-wheat flour, reduced-fat mozzarella, and sauce that contains 35 percent less sodium than the pizza chain's traditional sauce. It's currently being served in more than 120 districts.
Purists will no doubt argue that while the Smart Slice may indeed be a healthier pizza, it still looks like any other pizza, which may be great for appealing to picky school kids, but ultimately makes it that much harder to teach children about making healthy food choices when they're outside of school.
For any parent who's ever tried to negotiate "just one more bite of spinach" at the dinner table, however, the words of Steve Clough, Domino's director of school-lunch sales, will undoubtedly ring true. He told Nation's Restaurant News, "Nothing provides nutrition for kids if they don't eat it."
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