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April 30, 2004

More mommy government

Take a look at the new Texas rules on food in public schools:

Yes, lots of kids are too fat, and it's largely because of their diet. Some nutritional control of school lunch menus makes sense. But this much?

Some highlights:

1. No deep-fried food. French fries are limited in serving portion and frequency per week, and must be baked. Potato chips baked, too.
2. No whole (4 percent) milk or chocolate milk.
3. No fruit drinks that are less than 100 percent juice.
4. No carbonated beverages, including diet pop. (What’s wrong with diet pop?)
5. No sugar candy, licorice, sugared popcorn. No gum, including sugar-free gum.

Exceptions: Restricted foods may be sold during the school day at three events per year.

“This policy does not restrict what parents may provide for their own child’s lunch or snacks,” Texas says. But children “may not provide restricted items to other children at school.”

Trade your donut, and you’ve violated state policy.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at April 30, 2004 01:11 PM



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