08/30/2012 03:49:00 PMTom Karst
Because of the program my child and the teaching staff cannot have cheese on their hamburgers! "To much protein says Mrs. Obama"! Produce is great for our kids but you cant take away items because of the calorie and protein counts! Mine comes home hungry!
It's much more likely the concern is fat, not protein. Cheese & hamburger is a double fat whammy for the arteries, not to mention the fanny.
I work in a high school in Altoona Iowa. I thought maybe the children would not care for the new regulations and we have issues. But much to my surprise it hasn't been an issue. We go through lettuce like crazy every day. And six forty pound boxes of bananas last only 2 days. We have cut the fat a little. We offer low fat cheese but took away
Overall this has been a positive change. Most of our high school students are loading up their trays with fruits and vegetables. The biggest complaint is from the football players who are hungry after getting 2 ounces of protein. Students are upset about not getting macaroni and cheese or cheese grits because the cheese is counted as a protein and it would take away from the already small portion of meat.
Fresh fruits and veggies are much more nutrient dense than most processed foods in our schools today. Which means that fruits/veggies will make the kids feel "fuller" longer than eating a hamburger with cheese. There should be no complaints of kids being hungry after 2 hours of eating lunch. This country is experiencing an obesity pandemic, and its attributed to over eating of processed food that offers ZERO nutrion. Do you really think that one slice of a processed cheese product (that is not even really cheese at all) is making our kids healthy and feel satisfied?