West Hoke Elementary School in North Carolina took the Federal guidelines for a healthy lunch too far when they told a preschool girl her homemade lunch wasn’t healthy enough.
The school cafeteria monitor decided that chicken nuggets were healthier than the turkey and cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread accompanied by a banana, potato chips and apple juice that her mother packed.
The Department of Health and Human Services requires students to eat lunches consisting of meat, milk, grain and two servings of fruit or vegetables.
‘What got me so mad is, number one, don’t tell my kid I’m not packing her lunch box properly,’ the mother from North Carolina, who wished to remain anonymous, told a local newspaper.
‘I pack her lunchbox according to what she eats. It always consists of a fruit. It never consists of a vegetable. She eats vegetables at home because I have to watch her because she doesn’t really care for vegetables.’ (Her mother needs a copy of Baby Bites: Transforming a Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater.)
The mother still wonders what it was exactly that disqualified her meal, and she expects that the bag of potato chips were potentially the problem.
Not only was the girl’s lunch wasted and was sent home with her at the end of the day, but $1.25 was charged to the mother for the ‘healthy’ school lunch. The school later dropped the bill for the nuggets.
Are chicken nuggets a healthier choice?
Chicken nuggets may contain almost 40 ingredients. You most likely will find trans fats, anti-foaming agents like dimethylopolysiloxene (a carcinogen) and butylhydroqluinone or TBHQ which is derived from petroleum.
I believe kids need proper nutrition to function at their best in school. I also believe the government should get it’s nose out of our personal business. If mom wants to send junior to school with cookies, chips and candy, that’s her business. That may not be the wisest or healthiest choice, but it’s not the government’s concern.
Ronald Regan said, “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”
People have the right to eat what they want, when they want. If the FDA wants to support healthy lifestyles, they should stop approving unhealthy ingredients.