Fat-Free Rinse & RepeatMonday, August 29, 2011
The only thing worse than the name of the program – the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010 – is the premise of the program, which is to repeat the same mistakes, only this time with a dash of whole wheat.
In an earlier post (titled “Shoot me in the head with a whole grain, low-fat, reduced sodium hollow point .45, and I might get healthy”), I pointed out that schools were peddling the same old junk food with a new name – “smart slice” pizza. This passed the government’s “healthy test” for children. Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service brigade is busy rolling out an incredibly innovative solution to American obesity that has never been tried before: low-fat foods for the children in their government-subdsidized meals in their government-funded schools. Yes, the same low-fat paradigm that hasn’t worked in four decades of the politicization of food and science.
The Dearborn public schools in Michigan are gearing up for the big makeover – switching from low-sodium, low-fat, and fat-free junk foods to low-sodium, low-fat, and fat-free heart healthy, whole wheat junk foods. Among the new, healthy items are low-fat, processed ranch dressing; whole wheat sugar, err, pasta and bread; and nutrition-free 1% blob milk. The same government that funded obesity will now teach children how to “eat properly” under Obama’s laughable federal food facelift.
To help defray costs of upgrading lunch menus, the USDA will give the schools 6 cents more per meal, with a provision in that legislation requiring schools to increase the cost of paid meals to make up for some of the higher costs.
“The new requirements come with new money for the first time in more than 20 years from the federal government,” said Kevin W. Concannon, undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services for the USDA.
Warren Consolidated schools, near Detroit’s east side, went to these exceptionally healthy options for the terminally stupid: baked chips and pretzels, granola and cereal bars, fruit roll-ups and Bosco sticks (which are stuffed breadsticks). Snacks, sugar, candy, and grains – all nicely conforming to the federal food pyramid that has kept Americans so slim and disease-free for 40 years. Follow me on Twitter @karendecoster.