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Readers' forum: Healthy fats

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 1 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

First-grader Aspen Smith drinks milk during lunch at Amelia Earhart Elementary School in Provo Friday, Dec. 16, 2011.  (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) First-grader Aspen Smith drinks milk during lunch at Amelia Earhart Elementary School in Provo Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

We should thank Michelle Obama for trying to improve school lunch menus for our kids. Most of what she has proposed is healthy, with one glaring but common error: reducing milk to low-fat is trouble for our kids.

Kids don't get enough good healthy fats anymore. Kids (and adults) don't get fat by eating fat. That is a commonly misunderstood nutritional impossibility. We get fat by eating too many carbohydrates. Carbs are easily converted to sugar. When we get too much sugar it is converted to fat and deposited throughout the body.

Good fats on the other hand provide essential fatty acids needed for brain cell development and to enhance the immune system. The scarcity of essential fats leads to ADD in kids and Alzheimer's in adults. It is essential that we restore whole milk to the school lunch menu.

Steven Blodgett

Sandy

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