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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:14 PM

Goodbye, high-fat chips: New rules for school snacks

Source: USA Today

Out with the candy bars, high-fat chips, full-calorie sodas and sugary pastries sold in school a la carte lines, vending machines and snack bars during the school day.

Today, the government released its proposed standards for "competitive foods," the name given to foods that are not part of the regular school meals. The standards set limits for calories, fat, sugar and sodium.

The proposed rules do not apply to foods sold at after-school fundraisers, bake sales or concession stands at sporting events and other after-school activities. They also don't affect the foods kids bring in their lunches or what's served at birthday parties, holidays and other celebrations at school.

"Good nutrition lays the groundwork for good health and academic success," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement. Updated nutrition guidelines for school lunch and breakfast went into effect this school year.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/01/junk-food-schools/1881581/

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Reply Goodbye, high-fat chips: New rules for school snacks (Original post)
Redfairen Feb 2013 OP
SoapBox Feb 2013 #1
obama2terms Feb 2013 #2
Roland99 Feb 2013 #3
Purveyor Feb 2013 #4
FiveGoodMen Feb 2013 #5
Purveyor Feb 2013 #7
MrSlayer Feb 2013 #8
FiveGoodMen Feb 2013 #9
MrSlayer Feb 2013 #13
FiveGoodMen Feb 2013 #14
bitchkitty Feb 2013 #10
FiveGoodMen Feb 2013 #11
bitchkitty Feb 2013 #12
Kingofalldems Feb 2013 #6
Art_from_Ark Feb 2013 #15

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 02:24 PM

1. 3, 2, 1...Wait for it!

The PukeBagger Outrage!!

More high fat foods for our children! More high sugar foods for our children! More guns for our children!

Whatever they say, it'll be predictable.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:01 PM

2. Hmmm

My school already only had diet sodas in the machine I used to think other schools were that way too.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:35 PM

3. It's not the fat that's bad...

it's sugars and carbs from starches and high fructose corn syrup.

Those extra carbs spike blood sugar and the body starts storing more and more fat in fat cells.

Higher protein (and, yes, even eating protein-laden food high in fat) is the best thing for a human being. It's what we ate for millennia. All this processed crap and chemically altered crap and highly processed wheat is a rather recent introduction into the human diet and it's literally killing us.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:09 PM

4. Diet sodas = poison in a can. eom

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Response to Purveyor (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:24 PM

5. I've been drinking about 2-4 liters of Diet Coke every day for 20 years

I must be dead.

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 08:37 PM

7. Yeah...well good luck with that. Carry on, indeed. eom

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:38 AM

8. Really?

 

Over a half gallon everyday? Do you at least mix it with rum or something?

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Response to MrSlayer (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 04:12 PM

9. Yeah, really.

Sounds crazy. May be a bad idea. But I've been getting away with it -- if that's the right expression -- for a LONG time now.

No on the rum. In those amounts I WOULD be in trouble if many of those drinks also had alcohol.

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:16 AM

13. I was kidding about the rum.

 

I work with a guy that drinks two 2 liters of diet coke a day in the summer and nearly as much in the winter. Doesn't seem to be hurting him either.

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Response to MrSlayer (Reply #13)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:30 AM

14. I figured as much

Interesting to know about your co-worker.

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 05:02 PM

10. Think how good you'd feel now,

if you hadn't been drinking 2-4 liters of chemical water a day.

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Response to bitchkitty (Reply #10)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 05:29 PM

11. I have no idea whether that would feel any different.

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #11)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 07:19 PM

12. Well, speaking from my experience,

I kicked a two-liter a day habit a few months back and it was very hard to let go. The caffeine is addictive, and the delivery (carbonated bubbles) makes it more addictive, at least to me. But I do feel much better. I still drink a Coke Classic from time to time, when I'm out or in a moment of weakness at the checkout line I'll grab a 10 oz bottle. But that's pretty much it. Of course, you can avoid soda and still be unhealthy - you have to take care of yourself in other ways. But surely you can see that you'd be better off without it. It has ZERO nutrition and at least one ingredient that is a known carcinogen (caramel coloring) or just "iffy" ingredients (Nutrasweet in diet drinks and HFCS in others).


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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:26 PM

6. I can't believe they allowed them in the first place

When did this start anyone?

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Response to Kingofalldems (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:51 AM

15. Vending machines would have been unthinkable at my elementary and junior high schools

There was one soda machine at my high school, in the band room. There were no vending machines anywhere else in the school.

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