Say goodbye to apples and fat-free milk and hello to artery-clogging triple cheese macaroni and pounds of salty butter, thanks to the new all-American school diet.
Recently, Bloomberg Businessweek published an article that shared how the Department of Agriculture is throwing out the Obama-era school nutrition standards and replacing it with a dairy-filled diet that would make any cow run for her life.
The School Nutrition Association had its annual conference for cafeteria workers who would be responsible for feeding our children at their school on a daily basis. The conference focused most of its attention on how cafeteria cooks could incorporate Land O’ Lakes butter into almost any dish.
Need to add flavor to meat sauce? Just add a clump of butter and milk. Need to find new ways to make lunch more appealing to young people? Just throw a stick of butter on their little plates next to the slice of cheesy pizza.
This wasn’t exactly how the conversation went, but it isn’t too far off. The conference made an effort to push the concept of eliminating fat-free anything and to replace it with dairy without considering the health implications.
This almost makes you wonder if the government is attempting to kill us all through food. Didn’t Trump just recently feed an entire football team nothing but platters of “hamberders” and pizza? To make matters worse, Trump went on and on about how these were a few of his favorite things. I’m just sayin’.
There seems to be a constant promotion of fatty foods throughout the media and in the schools that pushes past the ideology of healthy living. According to the data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey more than 2 in 3 adults are considered to have obesity. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there.
The survey also revealed that about 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 are considered to have obesity. These rates are alarming, and they have not slowed down throughout the years. The war against obesity among American citizens has been ongoing. Considering this fact, why would there be a public promotion at an annual conference for school cafeteria workers to push Land O’ Lakes butter as the main ingredient for most of their foods?
According to Fooducate, this butter is very high in saturated fat, full of salt, and given a C-grade for its lack of nutritional value. Oh boy. Can’t wait to get my hands on that stick of gooey butter.
It’s apparent that society could care less about the health of you or your kids. It’s all about the money, the fast food industry (the money), and the rise in medical problems among young people (more money). Although it’s true that no one’s perfect in this battle to eat right—hell, I’m snacking on chocolate candy as I write this article—we are all still at risk.
The issue here is that we are not getting the support that we need from the Department of Agriculture to eat foods that guarantee a prolonged life, free of health concerns. What can we do to save ourselves in this fight, you ask? Let’s start by being aware of the problem and taking control over our own ability to eat foods that won’t kill us in less than a year.
Additionally, pack your children’s lunch to ensure they are eating what you know to be the best for them…not the government. By taking control of our lives, we ensure that our lives will remain in control. It’s truly the only way.