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Editorial: Bring on food police: Chicken nuggets new health food




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February 22, 2012 | 1,439 views | 1 comment

Forget mandatory health insurance and free birth control. There are bigger problems, as Stephen Goldberg writes on his blog www.obamasshorts.com.

Now we have government-mandated requirements even for parents sending their children to school with lunch from home. The government, not parents, knows what’s best. According to the Centers for Disease Control, what used to be called adult-onset diabetes now is being diagnosed more frequently in younger and younger children. As a result, they are recommending closer monitoring of children, and the government will do the monitoring.

After years of feeding children government-recommended diets that included such things as white rice, white bread, and chocolate milk, and eliminating recess and physical activity from the school day, there suddenly was an explosion of obesity and diabetes among young children.

Incredibly, however, the connection between our federal school lunch program and the explosion of obese children and youth-onset diabetes has not been made.

Now comes Michelle Obama to the rescue. She wants to make school lunches more nutritious, which is a good intention, but as with all things government-instituted, the bureaucracy takes over. The feds have unleashed the food police in our schools. With a one-size-fits-all program, the new USDA guidelines demand that school lunches include:

“Ensuring students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week; substantially increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods; offering only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties; limiting calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size; and increasing the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fats, and sodium.”

So far, so good, but what happens with a 4-year-old who is a picky eater? Perhaps she gets her required daily amounts of healthy foods in her meals at home under the supervision of her parents. Or what about the skinny child who requires the extra calories or one who is allergic to milk?

That doesn’t matter. The food police have spoken. In at least two instances in North Carolina, food inspectors have opened students’ lunch boxes and decided their home-packed lunches did not meet USDA requirements. Lunches from home must include two servings of fruit or vegetables, one serving of dairy, one serving of grain, and one serving of meat or meat substitute.

In both these cases, school administration tried to make it look like the little kids just misunderstood

Well, it must be intimidating when a federal food inspector tells a 4-year-old not to eat what mommy prepared for her and, instead, she is offered chicken nuggets.

Most parents I know would never consider chicken nuggets healthy. Nuggets are like fish sticks with probably half filler and additives and half fish or chicken.

In particular, McDonald’s website shows 38 ingredients for what is undoubtedly the most popular and best-tasting chicken nuggets on the market. They contain 53 percent chicken and such ingredients as Dimethylpolysiloxane and TBHQ for freshness. TBHQ is an antioxidant and also used to prevent corrosion in biodiesel, and added to varnishes, lacquers, and resins.

You can make a healthy chicken nugget with only four ingredients if you use actual chunks of chicken coated with eggs and breadcrumbs and oil for frying. If you bake them, only three ingredients are required, but we can guess which kind of nuggets were foisted upon this unsuspecting 4-year-old.

Instead of a lunch sent from home that most of us would consider quite healthy, she was given three chicken nuggets. The lunch her mom had packed for her was sent back home, along with a bill for the cafeteria food.

If you think this is outrageous, just stick around for the next Obama term. He’s only just begun to make changes.
 

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February 27, 2012 10:53am
 
But Elaine that mom packed potato chips in that lunch! I mean they should cite her for reckless endangerment to a child! How dare she. Next she may be sending fried pies along with that sandwich. Michelle is right we have to ... More ›

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