Schools seek changes to healthier lunch rules

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  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    May 9, 2014 12:59 p.m.

    Schools can only do so much. Like so many other problems with educating America's youth, the culprits are more often the parents than the schools.

    I have four kids, ages 11-17. We've always cooked them a pretty diverse diet (typical American fare one night, maybe Indian or Cajun the next, on to Chinese, then maybe pancakes), and have the advantage that both mom and dad are pretty good cooks. We've always insisted they at least try new dishes, even if they didn't want to. The result has been four kids that are not afraid of "different" foods. We haven't forced the "healthy" angle; we've just not let them become ultra-picky.

    I've been around their friends, and my kids are the exception, not the rule. Serve most kids something even slightly different from the norm, and they're going to resist. So, for those of you with young kids, don't allow them to become picky. I know some feel that they need to allow their kids control over what they eat. You're wrong. You're creating selfish, wasteful little monsters.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 6, 2014 5:59 p.m.

    Poverty doesn't happen. It's planned.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 5, 2014 5:38 p.m.

    According to a recent AP report.

    Ten million dollars a school day is wasted on children throwing food away.

    Is this really feeding the hungry?

    How pathetic having schools becoming parents.

    Our schools are feeding and teaching our youth.

    Traditional family has gone extinct.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    May 5, 2014 2:22 p.m.

    This has nothing to do with free lunches. Any child getting lunch from the cafeteria must chose a fruit and a veggie. Whether their parents are putting the money in their account or they get free or reduced lunch.

    They are not going to lessen BMI numbers if children toss their lunch and eat more chips and such once they get home from school.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    May 5, 2014 1:19 p.m.

    It's not healthier unless the kids eat it.

    It's time for some of that compromise that we keep hearing about.

  • Dr. G Bountiful, UT
    May 5, 2014 1:19 p.m.

    A wise prophet once taught to save your grain consumption for a time of famine or extreme hunger (see D&C 89:15). They were intended as the staff of life--meaning they have the storage ability and energy stores to support life. We can survive on grains, but we were never meant to thrive on them. Replace your grain consumption with cakes, flat breads, and crusts made from nuts and nut flours, seeds and seed flours, coconut flours, and bean flours.

  • Dr. G Bountiful, UT
    May 5, 2014 1:16 p.m.

    Gluten is a sticky, water soluble protein found in your favorite grains (wheat, rye, and barley) while corn, rice and oats have similar proteins all of which break down the microvilli in your small intestine, eventually allowing particles of food to leech into your blood stream and producing a condition called “leaky gut syndrome” or “gut permeability”, resulting in allergies, digestive disturbances, and/or autoimmune disease.

    Gluten’s sidekicks, the posse of Lectins, are mild toxins that inhibit the repair of the GI track. Lectins are not broken down in the digestive process and bind to receptors in the intestine, allowing food particles to leech into your bloodstream. The body views these lectins and the food they bring with them as dangerous invaders and initiates an immune response leading to a host of symptoms. The Gall bladder releases bile salts to break down and improperly digested foods which result in gall stones. Various cancers including, drumroll please: pancreatic, colon, stomach and lymphoma, autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, infertility, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, autism, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, allergies.

  • Dr. G Bountiful, UT
    May 5, 2014 1:14 p.m.

    Grains can also inflict direct damage on the brain and nervous system and show up as a condition called cerebellar ataxia, the progressive loss of balance and bladder control, and peripheral neuropathy, the loss of feeling, usually in the feet and legs.

    Joint pain and swelling are common accompaniments of grain consumption. Skin conditions commonly improve or disappear with grain elimination. From the head down to the toes, there is no body system not affected by consumption of grains.

    Grains contain Phytic Acid, found in the bran of all grains, a mineral blocker that prevents absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc and increases the risk of osteoporosis and other bone-related problems.

    Besides the phytic acid which strips your body of nutrients, another serious disadvantage to grain consumption is the astronomical spike in insulin production which throws a monkey wrench in hormone production. Excessive carbohydrate consumption (two slices of wheat bread) initiates cortisol and adrenaline production to handle the extra load. It’s a hormonal song and dance in the body’s endocrine and immune systems that creates inflammation and a host of other symptoms.

  • Dr. G Bountiful, UT
    May 5, 2014 1:11 p.m.

    When it comes to grains, the nutrition community has been guilty of a flawed sequence of logic: If something bad for you (white processed flour) is replaced by something less bad (whole grains) and there is an apparent health benefit, then a whole bunch of the less bad thing is good for you.

    Gastrointestinal consequences of wheat consumption include the common conditions of acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome symptoms of gas, cramps, and diarrhea. People with inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease experience improvement and, sometimes, complete relief from cramps, pain, diarrhea, and bleeding when they stop eating grains.

    Brain and nervous system effects range from mood disruption, such as depression, to behavioral outbursts in children with ADHD and autism, to triggering of hallucinations in people with schizophrenia and mania in people with bipolar illness.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 5, 2014 12:29 p.m.

    How sad!

    Parents receive food stamps, but can't put together a school lunch for their children.

    Go figure.

  • Lowonoil Clearfield, UT
    May 5, 2014 11:59 a.m.

    Nutrition researchers are beginning to understand that whole grain foods are only slightly less bad for you than refined grain foods. Unfortunately it takes about 2 decades for new knowledge about nutrition to become incorporated in institutional policy.

  • Eliot Genola, UT
    May 5, 2014 9:36 a.m.

    There is some irony in an article that uses an elementary school named for Patrick Henry as an example of a school struggling to meet federally-mandated nutrition standards. Was that done on purpose?

  • KDave Moab, UT
    May 5, 2014 8:20 a.m.

    If children refuse to eat what the Govt. says they should, then sic the IRS on them. It is the American way.