; Life is like champagne......: Changing outdated nutrional standards

Monday, June 22, 2009

Changing outdated nutrional standards

Here is a short pop quiz for you.

Which of the following is considered a junk food according to national school nutrition standards?A. Hi-C Blast - vitamin fortified sugar water
B. Poland Springs seltzer water - water with bubbles
C. French fries
D. Candy Bars

If you guessed A, C or D you'd be wrong. Believe it or not, seltzer water is the only item on this list banned as a junk food because it doesn't contain any vitamins or minerals. Yup, french fries, candy bars, and Hi-C aren't officially considered junk food. This just makes me very aggravated since children between ages 6 to 11 are more likely to be obese and one third of all children are obese! This nutritional guideline does not help them at all!
In what universe are candy bars NOT junk food? The USDA's school nutrition standards were developed in the 1970's and are no longer consistent with nutrition science or current concerns regarding childhood health. For example, USDA does not consider candy bars, snack cakes, or french fries to be junk foods in schools. USDA standards don't even address calories, saturated, and trans fats or sodium.
Momsrising.org will be hand delivering a petition to the members of Congress on June 24th which states that we need to update the current nutrition standards to ensure our schools are providing healthy foods for our children.

Sign the petition to help make a difference!


This post was written for momsrising.org.

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