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The cafeteria lunch line at Columbus Elementary School moves quickly as students grab portions of carrots, celery, apples and oranges.
French fries and hamburgers, once cafeteria staples, aren't even offered.
"I eat carrots or apples every day," said 10-year-old Alan Espino.
He said he didn't notice that the bun holding his all-beef hot dog was whole wheat.
Even the pizza available in the cafeteria has whole wheat crust.
The school cafeteria looks radically different from those of his parents' generation, and it appears many kids aren't turning their noses up at the new offerings.
In fact, according to a survey of food service directors, french fries are decreasing in popularity and interest in carrots is skyrocketing.
The School Nutrition Association's annual survey given to food service directors around the country shows just that.
Among students in kindergarten through 12th grade, french fries dropped in popularity from 1998 to 2006, while carrots and fresh vegetables rose in popularity.
She [Pat Johnson] said younger children seem more open to tasting healthier foods and are likely to continue the patterns to middle and high school.