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Take a break and see what schoolkids around the world eat for lunch

Some will make your ham sandwich look awful.

IN IRELAND, MOST students will get their lunches at, or bring their lunches from, home.

In the US, over 30 million children are fed in school. Deals between schools and food providers have been blamed as a leading cause of childhood obesity, with the emphasis from cash-strapped school districts on cost, not nutrition.

These problems drove Sweetgreen, the rapidly growing chain of salad restaurants, to start its Sweetgreen in Schools initiative. To show how unhealthy American children are, they researched what kids around the world eat for lunch.

US: fried popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit cup, chocolate-chip cookie

us-fried-popcorn-chicken-mashed-potatoes-peas-fruit-cup-chocolate-chip-cookie Source: Sweetgreen

France: steak, carrots, green beans, cheese, fresh fruit

france-steak-carrots-green-beans-cheese-fresh-fruit Source: Sweetgreen

Ukraine: mashed potatoes with sausage, borscht, cabbage, syrniki (dessert pancake)

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Spain: sautéed shrimp, brown rice, veggies, gazpacho, fresh peppers, bread, orange

spain-sauted-shrimp-brown-rice-veggies-gazpacho-fresh-peppers-bread-orange Source: Businessinsider

Italy: fish on arugula, pasta with tomato sauce, caprese salad, baguette, grapes

italy-fish-on-arugula-pasta-with-tomato-sauce-caprese-salad-baguette-grapes Source: Businessinsider

Finland: pea soup, beets, carrot salad, bread, pannakkau (dessert pancake), fresh berries

finland-pea-soup-beets-carrot-salad-bread-pannakkau-dessert-pancake-fresh-berries Source: Businessinsider

Brazil: pork with mixed veggies, black beans and rice, salad, bread, baked plantains

brazil-pork-with-mixed-veggies-black-beans-and-rice-salad-bread-baked-plantains Source: Businessinsider

South Korea: fish soup, tofu over rice, kimchi, fresh veggies

south-korea-fish-soup-tofu-over-rice-kimchi-fresh-veggies Source: Businessinsider

Greece: baked chicken over orzo, stuffed grape leaves, tomato-and-cucumber salad, fresh oranges, yogurt with pomegranate seeds

greece-baked-chicken-over-orzo-stuffed-grape-leaves-tomato-and-cucumber-salad-fresh-oranges-yogurt-with-pomegranate-seeds Source: Businessinsider

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