Nutrition Standards for Beverages
● All schools may sell:
• Plain water (with or without carbonation)
• Unflavored low fat milk
• Unflavored or flavored fat free milk
• 100% fruit or vegetable juice and
• 100% fruit or vegetable juice diluted with water (with or without carbonation), and no added sweeteners.
● Elementary schools may sell up to 8-ounce portions, while middle schools and high schools may sell up to 12-ounce portions of milk and juice. There is no portion size limit for plain water.
● Beyond this, the standards allow additional “no calorie” and “lower calorie” beverage options for high school students.
• No more than 20-ounce portions of:
• Calorie-free, flavored water (with or without carbonation); and
• Other flavored and/or carbonated beverages that are labeled to contain < 5 calories per 8 fluid ounces or ≤ 10 calories per 20 fluid ounces.
• No more than 12-ounce portions of:
• Beverages with ≤ 40 calories per 8 fluid ounces, or ≤ 60 calories per 12 fluid ounces.
• The standards do not apply during non-school hours, on weekends and at off-campus fundraising events.
• Accompaniments such as salad dressing must be included in the nutrient profile as partof the food item sold.
To find the standards online, simply go to http://www.regulations.gov and search by the docket number, which is FNS-2011-0019, or you may type in the name of the rule “Nutrition Standards for All Foods.”