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USDA OKS YOGURT FOR SCHOOL KIDS.

Byline: Jenifer Hanrahan Daily News Staff Writer

Andrew Lasken, 13, chewed a pastrami sandwich and Girl Scout cookies for lunch Monday. Tim Howard, 13, ate chips and drank a soda.

Typical, according to these two regulars at the Parker Middle School cafeteria.

No wonder the U.S. Department of Agriculture is searching for ways to get kids to eat healthier meals. On Monday, the USDA added yogurt to the approved menu for children whose meals are subsidized by the school lunch program, saying a 4-ounce cup was a satisfactory meat substitute.

The move was met with mixed reactions at Parker.

``Meat is better. Yogurt is nasty,'' said Sourena Enteghami, 12.

But Sunny Kang, 12, said she'll definitely eat yogurt for lunch because she's ``into health food.''

Parker Principal Michael Bennett questioned whether many students would eat regular yogurt, adding that he doesn't like the taste himself.

``But if you make it into the ice cream type, I'll eat it all the time,'' he said.

Sorry, Mr. B., that's not what the USDA had in mind.

Yogurt is a healthy diet addition so long as it is made with nonfat or low-fat milk and isn't loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners, said Elaine Blyler, a registered dietician at Cal State Northridge.
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