Originally Posted by rhiandmoi
I agree the problem is def not the USDA guidelines. The guidelines actually are very sensible. The travesty is what is allowed to be fed to kids to meet those deadlines. For example the optional salad ep, the requirement for lunch at HS is 1 1/4 cup fruit or veg. That's great. Awesome. But instead of an orange (available at subsidized cost or free to US schools) and some stirfry the schools are putting out french fries. That is the travesty. Not the requirement to have 1 1/4 fruit or veg at the meal.http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/p4321.1.pdf
See page 5 to see the requirements. The requirements are not bad. Some might think the carbs are high (11 per week), but really there is nothing outrageous about the requirements.
I agree that the requirements are not that bad. We should remember there still are a lot of kids in the US who depend on school lunch as their main meal, so they should have a pretty large tray of food, IMO. Childhood health problems related to overeating may be on the rise, but there are still a lot of hungry kids out there.
This show is interesting and I keep watching, but does anyone else get frustrated that they don't really even discuss what Jamie is teaching everyone to cook? So far it looks like his goal is to get Americans to eat more pasta, and I dunno if that's what he's going for.
I did notice when they made the lo mein type dish in Epi 4, there wasn't a ton of pasta in ratio to the meat and veggies, which seems like a sensible way to eat pasta, but they didn't even talk about it.
I think this show is way too much about "OMGZ fat" and not enough about the other detriments to health that can occur from eating a rotten diet. Obesity CAN suck on its own, but the skinny little kids guzzling pink milk and eating fries twice a day aren't going to be the picture of health either, even if they wear slim jeans, not huskies.