A Pittsburgh area school district is taking the fat out of school lunches.
The district is the first in the country to use a corn based fat substitute called Z Trim.
Officials say Z Trim cuts the fat and calories, helping students make healthier eating choices.
Plum High School has been using it in school lunches for the past ten months.
But, it is a secret that's been kept from the students.School Food Director, Maryann Lazzarro, explains. “It makes me feel a lot better now that I know it is healthier for me than other ranch dressings. “You try to offer to offer the kids a salad and if they're going to dump four ounces of regular high fat dressing that completely does away with the purpose of a salad so that was one of pet peeves is reducing the fat.”
The US Department of Agriculture created Z Trim in 1999.
It's gluten, trans-fat and allergen free.
It's been used in Australia for some time, and could be on American grocery store shelves by the end of the year.