We’re always so quick to blame school lunches as being of very poor nutritional quality (they are), but few are very good at looking at what they are choosing to pack in their children’s sack lunches.
Convenience items like cheese and crackers, processed lunchmeat and packaged cheeses are typical. This particular article finds that few of the sack lunches brought from home meet the low standards provided by the government.
We also need to understand that this starts in daycare, with federally funded programs like WIC providing very low quality, low phytonutrient foods. Goldfish? Sugared applesauce? HFCS yogurt?
Can anyone tell me how these foods fell into the “healthy foods” category? We need to wake up and realize that we are beginning to destroy our children’s health at a very young age.
Consider this…if we assume 3 meals / day 7 days / wk that is 21 meals / wk. If kids are eating breakfast and lunch fed to them by a school system, we are talking about 10 / 21 meals per week of questionable value. That is, of course, assuming that home meals are healthy.