Healthy food is fundamental for healthy bodies. You know it, I know it, but the US Congress is feigning naivete. I firmly advocate healthy meals for strong bodies, sharp minds and, of course, beautiful skin, so its disappointing to see that Congress has pushed back on the Obama Administration’s proposal to increase whole foods and vegetables while limiting starchy ones in school cafeterias, with the defense of the budget. Apparently veggies are too pricey (broccoli bail out?).
So, changes to the proposal call to consider 1/8 of a cup tomato paste one serving of vegetables, making pizza a source for daily veggie intake, and to block the limits on potatoes (aka. wellness fries).
It sounded ludicrous to me, but after reading that “Food companies including ConAgra, Coca-Cola, Del Monte Foods and makers of frozen pizza like Schwan argued that the proposed rules would raise the cost of meals and require food that many children would throw away,” in the New York Times, confusion was replaced with disappointment. As a person who thinks the proposed changes were a minimum for a child’s nutrition (how about banning soda pop?), I think its awful that the government isn’t doing more to help prevent childhood obesity and other health implications of fatty, processed foods for our future generations.
Though saying this, as a Canadian I can’t really point the finger. We have few guidelines for our school cafeterias. Hell, in my high school we didn’t have a school-run kitchen at all, we just had Pizza Pizza and Tim Horton’s franchises rent space for their stands in our lunchroom. Hmmm…
I was personally lucky because my mom always packed me a lunch. But on the occasions that I forgot it, my best vegetable options were limited to the onions on an everything bagel.