Schools Are Packing Healthier Lunches than Parents, Study Shows

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What has more sodium than Lunchables (580-840 mg), an entire box of Oreos (630 mg) and cafeteria food (640-710 mg)? Brown bag lunches (1,003 mg).

A recent study covering a dozen elementary and middle schools in Houston discovered that lunches brought from home, while in the same caloric range, were significantly worse for the children than the school’s lunch.

Gone are the days of baby carrots as we welcome the age of chips and desserts sustaining the minds of the future (shudders). Middle school students ate 101.8% of their packed desserts. That figure is greater than 100% because students shared and bought additional desserts from the cafeteria.

Houston is known for going big when it comes to food, but simple things like meat and grains were almost completely absent from packed lunches.

First Lady Michelle Obama and celebrity chef Jaime Oliver have championed getting better nutrition into school cafeterias, but have a long way to go in combating food deserts and parenting fails.

H/t LA Times


This Is Supposed To Be Chili Cheese Fries. Served At Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School, CO


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DID YOU KNOW: Apparently, Finding Mold in Capri Sun is Normal

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Almost nothing can turn a stomach quite like finding mold in your supposedly good food or drink. Many mothers are discovering this quease-worthy fact when approached by their children who claim their Capri Sun tastes funny. The fruit drink beloved by elementary schoolers and praised by parents for lack of preservatives has a small kicker, fermentation. The promise of no preservatives allows for the possibility of fermentation, as well as mold to grow, if air find its way into packaging.

This surprising little fact is mentioned on the packaging itself, stating that the mold is not harmful to your health, physical health that is. The same cannot be said for the mental aversion you’ll have after sucking up a glob of delicious mold. (Excuse me, I think I just threw up a little in my mouth) Chances are you’ll never come across this phenomenon, but just in case you pop a straw into the pouch and it tastes a little off, no need to chance your mental state by playing scientist, just throw it away.

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Don’t Call it a Comeback — Pink Slime Beef Returns

After heavy negative publicity hit, McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants recently made a business decision and said that pink slime will no longer be the foundation of their high quality foods. So what to do with all the leftover Jiggly Puff colored meat? Give it to the kids, of course.

The U.S. Department of agriculture announced that it will be buying 7 million pounds of the controversial ammonia-treated meat and will be distributing it to the country’s school lunch program.

Kids will eat anything, right? I mean we unknowingly ate it for a while.

This announcement was made only a couple weeks after the government announced its plan to provide healthier lunch choices at schools, with more vegetables, fruits and whole grain food on the menu.

The USDA approves of it and said that it meets the standards set for food safety. So, although questionable, the government said it’s good and safe to eat.

As the Huffington Post gingerly put it, the meat is a ground-up combination of beef scraps and cow connective tissues that are treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill pathogens like salmonella and E. coli.

The ammonium hydroxide that is added to the beef is what has caused the most concern nationally because many believe it can be harmful to eat. A red flag should be that it is an ingredient in household cleaners and fertilizers.

“Lean beef trimmings” is the term for the yummy, gooey meat. That’s like calling cocaine a “Powdery body stimulant.” Not to say it is as bad as cocaine, but let’s be real, that’s not just beef trimmings, it’s pink slime.

So, the meat could be a risk according to some microbiologists, but as it stands, it’s safe enough to soon be served by a lunch lady near you.

[Thx Huff Post]