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We Have Lost The War On Fatty Foods And Dairy

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.

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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.

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About Audra L.

Audra L. is an author, columnist and community activist who's dedicated to finding truth through research and effective communication. She received her degree in Public Policy and teaches Community Development, Public Speaking and Communications Law to youth throughout the nation. She is the recipient of over 23 awards and honors for her commitment to community outreach initiatives.

6 comments

  1. Oh please food nutrition starts in the home. The schools were throwing out half of the so called nutritious food. The kids wouldn’t eat it. Try packing your kids lunch and stop relying on the government to provide everything for you. Trump isn’t the problem those football players will burn that fat the first hour on the field. Try some old fashion outside exercise. We ate hostess as a child and ran around outside. Stop the drama.

  2. The proposed solution is a good one, but the author misses the point on the problem. The government should not be involved in telling people what they can and cannot eat. Thus the Trump administration is right to throw out the Obama force-feeding rules. What kids eat should be decided by the parents and what they eat in school should be decided by the parents in coordination with the teachers, and never dictated by a federal bureaucracy (It is bad enough when parents have to contend with state and local bureaucracies). The author seems to be implying that the current administration is saying it is OK to eat unhealthy food, but that is nonsense, since the Trump administration is simply saying that the federal government should not be making those decisions.

  3. Fat-free dairy is NOT healthy for most kids. Of course there might be some that cannot tolerate dairy or lactose in general, but I am not speaking of these. Low-fat NOT fat-free dairy is protective against diabetes and other conditions. A pat of butter (not a large amount!) is more healthy than any margarine or fat substitute or polyunsaturated fat. I agree that fried foods are not desirable, as the fats used become rancid easily. The most important thing for kids health is to get plenty of exercise – recess for the lower grades with games or just running around, and a variety of sports for the upper grades. A MODEST amount of natural fats together with plenty of activity is HEALTHY for our kids.

  4. I’m not sure what the problem is here. It seems those dreaded “fatty foods” we used to all run from like the plague are not the dietary problem they were made out to be. It’s not the butter and fat in meats that are causing all the obesity. It’s the calories and carbs. Maybe you are charging the wrong windmills.

  5. You need to educate yourself on the latest research regarding milk and better. Did you know that low fat milk is one of the reasons why we are not getting enough cla in our diets which is essential for healthy cell growth and prevents the development of diabetes? Do you not know that butter has been shown to be better for you than olio, trans fats, which your body cant process?

  6. I think you’re behind the times in nutrition. Fatty foods aren’t the cause of obesity. It’s all the soya, corn syrup solids, MSG, margarine and every unnatural other thing in the snack foods. Real butter and good quality olive oil are the good fats. Grilled hamburgers with the fat being drained off shouldn’t be a problem either. It’s the white bread made from GMO wheat you need to worry about.

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