My son has just started elementary school. I usually pack him a healthy lunch, but he wants to eat the school lunch and is quite adament about it. So we agreed to letting him eat school lunch once a week.
Then I looked at the school lunch menu and was pretty horified. The food is all JUNK!
For example, today it’s pepperoni pizza, applesauce, and a cookie. The listed nutritional information says that’s 27 grams of fat and 742 calories. For comparison’s sake a Big Mac has 22.9 grams of fat and 493 calories. And this isn’t even a particularly bad day, some times the fat content is as high as 39 grams!
At least some people are starting to get aware of this problem. “Soggy canned vegetables and gluey white bread have no place in school meals and ought to be replaced with fresh produce and whole grains, experts told a Congressional hearing Tuesday.”
There is now an ‘epidemic of obesity’ in this country! “One in three Americans born in the year 2000 will develop adult-onset diabetes,”
For many poor children this is the only food they get all day, and it’s full of fat and empty calories. Almost no whole grains, fruits or veggies.
I pit thee, school lunch program!!!