Junkfood Science: Now, cheese is supposedly bad for kids...

July 23, 2008

Now, cheese is supposedly bad for kids...

It’s not only lunches from home banned from primary schools, now cheese has been banned from lunchrooms.

As the UK Mirror reports:

Schools in Plymouth banned from putting cheese on jacket potatoes

Thousands of schoolchildren were yesterday stopped from eating cheese on jacket potatoes for lunch. Education chiefs ordered all 17 primary school canteens in Plymouth not to put the topping on baked spuds in a bid to improve pupil health. The city council claimed it had been forced into the ban in an bid to meet new Government nutrition standards.

But the move was blasted by parents - with local mum-of-two Jenny Long, 28, saying: "It's ridiculous. If things are used in moderation you don't need to ban anything. "Cheese is a natural product and it's a bit odd of the council to dictate whether our kids can have it on a potato."... But the council said it had acted under new guidelines set by the School Foods Trust.

Under the new guidelines set by the School Foods Trust in efforts to slim down elementary children, the nutritional message has been lost that overall varied diets— not grams of fats and sugars or calories on individual food items — are what make healthful eating and healthy growing bodies.

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