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USDA school lunch rules 'best ever' -- though pizza is still a 'vegetable'
Los Angeles Times ^ | January 25, 2012 | by Amy Hubbard

Posted on 01/28/2012 8:19:21 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer

Yes, there's plenty to celebrate with the USDA's new school meal standards, promoted Wednesday by First Lady Michelle Obama at a Virginia elementary school. Still, French fries will flow in school cafeterias.

The new rules are the first such standards to include whole grains and limits on sodium and trans fats, and they'll "double the amount of fruits and vegetables" served to kids, said Margo Wanker, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington. This makes them the "best ever," she said. And yet, there are a couple of things she was less enthusiastic about -- the things "Congress meddled with."

"These nutrition standards are a huge step forward from where the current standards are and from where most schools are today," Wanker said. "It does mean that we all need to pull together -- parents, food manufacturers, food service workers, principals, USDA, to help schools meet these standards. It's not enough just to have standards on paper."

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KEYWORDS: education; flotus; foodnazi; foodnazis; foodpolice; michelle; mobama; nannystate; publicshools; schools; socialism; tyranny

L.A. Schools' Healthful Lunch Menu Panned By Students [Meals Rejected "En Masse"!]
 
12/17/2011 8:33:29 PM PST · by Steelfish · 102 replies
LATimes ^ | December 17, 2011 | Teresa Watanabe, 
L.A. Schools' Healthful Lunch Menu Panned By Students For many students, Los Angeles Unified's introduction of healthful lunches — part of a campaign against obesity, diabetes and other problems — has been a flop. The district says the menu will be revised. By Teresa Watanabe December 17, 2011 It's lunchtime at Van Nuys High School and students stream into the cafeteria to check out the day's fare: black bean burgers, tostada salad, fresh pears and other items on a new healthful menu introduced this year by the Los Angeles Unified School District. But Iraides Renteria and Mayra Gutierrez don't even... 

1 posted on 01/28/2012 8:19:35 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
day's fare: black bean burgers, tostada salad, fresh pears and other items on a new healthful menu introduced this year by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Just say ,"NO!".

2 posted on 01/28/2012 8:23:02 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

OMG!! I am so SICK of the WHOLE GRAIN bandwagon. THAT is what is making everyone FAT and obese! It’s not the fat you eat, eats the CARBS!! How disgusting! Moochelle is a prime example!


3 posted on 01/28/2012 8:23:54 AM PST by Cricket24 (Proud to be a CONSERVATIVE WOMAN!!!!!!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

It will be thrown away.

Kudos to the homeless who have first dibs on those dumpsters


4 posted on 01/28/2012 8:24:48 AM PST by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

What a brilliant idea. Put carrots on their plates instead of fries and they’ll automatically eat them. Just because you make the kids take it doesn’t mean they’ll eat it. Something tells me our schools are going to have the healthiest garbage cans in the world.


5 posted on 01/28/2012 8:26:12 AM PST by rex regnum insanit (falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Basic rule of kid/cat nutrition: If the kid (or the cat) won’t or can’t eat it, the sum total nutritional value is ZERO.


6 posted on 01/28/2012 8:26:51 AM PST by varmintman
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
...Margo Wanker, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington. This makes them the "best ever," she said.

"Best ever"?

I'll wait to see how the kids vote.

7 posted on 01/28/2012 8:28:06 AM PST by moovova ("Obama Bulbs" - That's what I call the new CFL light bulbs...because they're not too bright.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

So if the kids still get fat, can the parents take them back from the state?


8 posted on 01/28/2012 8:29:03 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: moovova

Wanker is an apt name for the busybody.


9 posted on 01/28/2012 8:32:54 AM PST by jospehm20
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To: American in Israel; Shimmer1
That's called "Home Schooling".

It's EEEEEEEVIL!

10 posted on 01/28/2012 8:34:25 AM PST by null and void (Day 1102 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Cricket24

I agree for the most part. We are being encouraged to eat far too many grain servings, and it’s the carbs that are making us fat. The current recommendations are 6 to 11 servings per day, even for diabetics!
Personally, I think six servings per day should be the maximum and that only for very physically active men.
Whole grains, themselves are not the problem. They do offer more fiber, and some nutrients. But read the labels on whole grain products; alone they are not nearly as nutritious as they are touted to be.
I remember hearing the grain recommendations were the result of very heavy lobbying by the grain farmers. That would notsurprize me a bit.


11 posted on 01/28/2012 8:39:52 AM PST by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Margo Wanker, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington. This makes them the "best ever," she said.

Oh the irony of her name!

Anything, and I mean anything, supported by this nut job group CSPI needs to be tossed in the trash.......which is what will happen with most of these "healthy" lunch choices.

12 posted on 01/28/2012 8:40:54 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
there are a couple of things she was less enthusiastic about -- the things "Congress meddled with."

That damn Congress thing again.

Sure would be easer if you could just do it yourself, right?

That sounds kinda familiar...

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13 posted on 01/28/2012 8:41:15 AM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: rex regnum insanit

The LA schools already do. The kids have already begun to pitch the food they do not want.


14 posted on 01/28/2012 8:43:17 AM PST by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: varmintman; xzins
If the kid (or the cat) won’t or can’t eat it, the sum total nutritional value is ZERO.

If my cat doesn't like what I feed him, he will go out shopping at the field below my house and bring in some kind of small mammal (rat, gopher, rabbit) and gut it on my living room floor.

Does anyone know where I can buy rat flavored cat food?

15 posted on 01/28/2012 8:45:23 AM PST by P-Marlowe (NEWT!!! The Anti-EstablishMITTarian Candidate)
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To: Don Corleone
black bean burgers, tostada salad, fresh pears

I wouldn't eat that either.

You put a burger in front of me made out of anything but meat, and that sumbitch is coming back at ya.

16 posted on 01/28/2012 8:47:35 AM PST by digger48
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Is there any extreme the Obama’s can go to that the LA Times will not gladly get on their knees and kiss their posteriors for?


17 posted on 01/28/2012 8:51:17 AM PST by Venturer
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To: digger48

LOL! Well said.


18 posted on 01/28/2012 8:58:03 AM PST by squarebarb
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To: Cricket24

YEP....even a newsletter “Bottomline” my husband just got decries the “whole wheat” stuff...says today’s wheat is NOT our grandparents wheat....and is likely causing lots of problems. Also says people need MORE PROTEIN, and LESS CARBS!


19 posted on 01/28/2012 9:10:30 AM PST by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Margo Wanker, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington

You can not make this stuff up.


20 posted on 01/28/2012 9:57:25 AM PST by FlyingEagle
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To: stonehouse01

The schools will be serving more fruits & vegetables & the kinds will be throwing into the trash can more fruits & vegetables!!!

A friend of mine worked for years in the LASD. She says it is a crime how much food is torwn away each & every meal of the day.


21 posted on 01/28/2012 9:58:14 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: stonehouse01

You’re absolutely right. To this day, I eat almost no vegetables. If my Mom couldn’t get me to eat them, then the school will fail also.

Large amounts of this “good” will be hitting the trash cans.


22 posted on 01/28/2012 2:33:02 PM PST by packrat35 (When will we admit we are now almost a police state?)
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