- Health Community Confused but Secretly Ecstatic
Haha, I jest. “Secretly Cringing” is probably more accurate.
Now if you want to order a thin-wheat-crust, light cheese, heavy veggie pizza and say you got some vegetable servings, I’m on board. But I remember those lunch room pizzas and there’s not a recognizable vegetable in sight. It seems the argument is that the tomato paste used counts as a veggie serving…meh! Really?? That’s quite a stretch, even for a lobbyist.
Here’s a recap from Notion’s Capital:
Tuesday, by act of Congress, pizza was declared a vegetable. The Spending Bill before our elected officials contained an Agriculture Department provision recognizing that school kids are dangerously obese, and that subsidizing school lunches of frozen pizza and french fries is unwise and unhealthy. The Congressional response: a slice of pizza = a serving of vegetables.
The American Frozen Food Institute spent over $5 million convincing Congress to protect their juicy $11 billion annual school lunch harvest from the pestilence of nutritional common sense, and they prevailed. Result: kids will still eat government-subsidized carbs, fat, and salt, and Big Food will get fatter, too.
And more here from The Today Show.