Want to know if a food meets the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy guidelines?
- Go to the TPNSP Calculator
- Type in the portion size & nutrition facts from the package
- Choose Texas for your Nutrition Standards
- Select the food type (baked good, beverage, chips, cookies, crackers etc., frozen desserts, yogurt)
- Click "Get Results"
- The results will display "too high" if it doesn't meet standards, or "OK" if it meets the guidelines
Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value as defined by USDA & TDA
The foods that are restricted from sale or distribution to students are classified in these four categories:
- Soda Water—any carbonated beverage. No product shall be excluded from this definition because it contains discrete nutrients added to the food such as vitamins, minerals, and protein.
- Water Ices—any frozen, sweetened water such as "...sicles" and flavored ice with the exception of products that contain fruit or fruit juice.
- Chewing Gum—any flavored products from natural or synthetic gums and other ingredients that form an insoluble mass for chewing.
- Certain Candies—any processed foods made predominantly from sweeteners or artificial sweeteners with a variety of minor ingredients that characterize the following types:
Hard Candy—A product made predominantly from sugar (sucrose) and corn syrup that may be flavored and colored, is characterized by a hard, brittle texture and includes such items as sour balls, lollipops, fruit balls, candy sticks, starlight mints, after dinner mints, jaw breakers, sugar wafers, rock candy, cinnamon candies, breath mints, and cough drops.
Jellies and Gums—A mixture of carbohydrates that are combined to form a stable gelatinous system of jelly like character and are generally flavored and colored, and include gum drops, jelly beans, jellied and fruit-flavored slices.
Marshmallow Candies—An aerated confection composed of sugar, corn syrup, invert sugar, 20 percent water, and gelatin or egg white to which flavors and colors may be added.
Fondant—A product consisting of microscopic-sized sugar crystals that are separated by a thin film of sugar and/or invert sugar in solution such as candy corn, soft mints.
Licorice—A product made predominantly from sugar and corn syrup that is flavored with an extract made from the licorice root.
Spun Candy—A product that is made from sugar that has been boiled at high temperature and spun at a high speed in a special machine.
Candy Coated Popcorn—Popcorn that is coated with a mixture made predominantly from sugar and corn syrup.
Examples of foods that are restricted from sale and distribution to students include, but are not limited to:
Life Savers, Peppermints, Lemon Drops, Jolly Ranchers, Snow Cones, Cracker Jacks, Skittles, Sprees, Jelly Beans, Marshmallows, Cotton Candy, Gummy Bears, Red Hots, Jaw Breakers, Sours, any carbonated beverage.
Ice cream, ice milk, and water ices that include fruit or fruit juice, chips, candies that contain nuts, peanut butter, caramel, coconut, nougat centers, milk-based fillings or other similar ingredients
Examples of nonrestricted foods: Milky Ways, Hershey, Fritos and other chips, popcorn, etc.