All around America, kids drink chocolate milk. Kids love it, but some people want to ban it in schools. Melissa Dobbins, who is a nutritionist thinks chocolate milk is 'nutrition in disguise'. It doesn't have a lot of sugar, it encourages kids to drink more milk, and it provides nutrients that kids need. This will explain why chocolate milk should stay in schools.
Some people make the switch because to a plant-based “milk” for health reasons or otherwise. There exists just one major problem with that shift. Labeling those fakers “milk” is confusing to consumers. This confusion has caused a drop of over one billion dollars in the milk market in the last five years (Prescott). Plant-based “milks” should not be called milk because they differ from real milk in definition, composition, and nutritional value.
Is making school lunches healthier really worth it? Is the money and kids going to be a problem? In twenty-ten an act was passed to help children eat healthier in school lunches. Schools are taking out foods that do not meet the calorie standard (two-hundred calories) because the obesity rate has skyrocketed since the eighties. But this act is actually causing more problems than everyone thought.
How healthy/unhealthy are School lunches? The first article is about school lunches, specifically about their negative effects it has on students. The article states that school lunches are about a 3rd of students daily calorie intake. School lunches focus more on the cheap alternatives than the actual healthy lunches that students should be getting. Some schools offer greasy pizza, unhealthy burgers, and in some cases, ice cream and cake.
These sugars are in ketchup, soups, breads, cookies, and almost all processed food. Manufacturers add sugar to processed food in order to add flavor and preserve other flavors. Of course we can’t say all sugar is bad because a lot of the healthy foods we consume like fruits and veggies contain sugar. However they do not contain an unsafe amount like almost all of the processed food that is out there. While we think the fat consumption is the issue, our livers naturally turn fructose sugar into fat by breaking down sugar just like it breaks down alcohol placing it in different areas of the body.
Although ideally the children could be provided healthy food, it is a priority that they do not go hungry. In the United States, 17% of children ages 6 -12 are obese, and among low-income families the obesity rates are even higher (Mozaffarian, Wiecha, Roth, Nelson, Lee, & Gortmaker, 2010). Lower-income children are at even more risk because a high fat and sugar diet during developing years can shape negatively impact their growth and development, potentially setting them up for poor health for the rest of their lives (Mednik-Vaksman, Lund, & Johnson, 2016). Alternatively, lunch programs could be used to establish healthy dietary and physical habits in children to help them maintain a balanced diet through the rest of their lives. In an after school program at the YMCA, switching to healthier snacks while providing education about healthy dietary habits was found to be very effective in switching the children to healthier snacks.
Most kids today drink sugary drinks when they get home or when go out to eat. Grocery stores sell soda and sugary drinks throughout the business (Leaf Group Ltd). Someone could be getting their groceries, and they would be able to get them with all of the other food or where they check out. “Researchers tracking 6,900 fifth-graders from public schools in 40 states through the eighth grade found that 85% of eighth graders reported drinking a sugared beverage at least once a week (about 30% said they drank them every day), regardless of whether their schools banned them or not.”(Alice Park). Most kids drink pop daily so it should not stop them from drinking it at school.
If you child is allergic to peanut butter, almond butter is delicious and a good substitute. There are now fat free chips which are baked and many kids enjoy them. Nutritious diets help children improve their overall well being, maintain a healthy weight, and reduce their risk of illness later in life. As a reaction to the offerings healthy lunches for kids at school, some parents have opted to pack their children’s lunches.
Although changing the school lunch to a healthier, better option would be a good idea, you should not change the lunch from what it is now. Even though the kids would be eating healthier, most of the kids that eat lunch now would not buy the new lunch, also kids not buying the new lunch means not as much money comes into the school, and if you want kids to be healthier all you have to do is give them more time to be active. To begin with, if you changed the lunch at school a lot of the kids that eat lunch now would not eat lunch if you changed it. The new lunches would not taste as good as the lunches they serve now. Taking away some of the kids favorite foods is not a good idea.
Should Junk Food Be Sold in Schools? Is selling junk food to students in school really a good idea? As you’re probably aware, most schools sell junk food to students at some point in time, rather it’s through a snack line, a vending machine, or a school fundraiser. Schools sell such foods to children every day. Although junk food may be a good way to increase school income, schools should avoid selling it to students because it’s unhealthy, linked to childhood obesity, and unnecessary sugars can cause hyperactivity.
A significant number of these investigations analyzed the impact of sugar-sweetened soda pops on weight pick up in kids and teenagers. In one analysis, young people supplanted sugar-sweetened soda pops in their eating regimen with falsely sweetened sodas that were sent to their homes more than 25 weeks. Contrasted and kids in a control bunch, youngsters who got the misleadingly sweetened beverages saw a littler increment in their BMI (by −.14 kg/m2), however this impact was just measurably noteworthy among the heaviest kids (who saw an advantage of −.75 kg/m2). In another study, an instructive system urged schoolchildren to devour less delicate drinks.During the school year, the predominance of weight diminished among youngsters in the project by 0.2%, contrasted with a 7.5% expansion among kids in the control bunch.
It is spending money that we don’t have for a lunch with fruits and vegetables that we just throw away (4)”, students do not want just spend their money on food that is not even the half of the food they used to get in the previous lunch program, counting the price the lunches are higher and students are not happy with it. In addition, some students are choosing to get junk food, because the new federal lunch program do not appetize them “it was kind of ironic that we are downsizing the amount of food to cut down on obesity but kids are going and getting junk food to fill their hunger (6)”, so even if the federal is trying to involve the students to eat healthy, students would always pick the option more accessible for them, and that will fill their