Sample this week’s sinless scoop — the latest news in health, fitness and food.
Lobbyists Want Fries and Pizza To Stay In School (NPR)
As a kid, I never took a bag lunch to school. As an adult, this remains true as I rarely take lunches with me to work. I’m working on this. The Agriculture Department has released new standards for school nutrition, limiting starchy vegetables to two servings a week. When I think back to school lunches, I recall frozen pizzas, cheese fries, nachos, cookies, and Cup-o-Noodles (my high school was special). While I don’t blame public schools for my being obese as a child, I don’t think it helped. I’m very excited for this change and hope the lobbyists don’t get in the way. But I’m not convinced that the problem is solved yet. I’m curious to see what replaces the starches.
Question: Did you take lunch to school or did you buy?
Food Pyramid No Longer
The USDA has replaced the long standing Food Pyramid diagram with a Plate. Gone are suggested serving sizes and the notion that carbohydrates should be the base of your diet.
Along with the Plate diagram, the USDA suggests the following:
- Enjoy your food, but eat less
- Avoid oversize portions
- Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables
- Make at least half your grains whole grains
- Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk
- Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks