|Scooped by Molly Carlson|
This article by the School Nutrition Association outlines some of the stereotypes of school lunches and the actual facts that disprove them. These stereotypes include: school meals making children obese; schools serve junk food for school lunch; schools don’t serve enough fruits or vegetables for lunch; schools serve fried, greasy foods; sack lunches from home are better than school meals; soda is served with school lunch; only junk food is available through a la Carte lines and vending machines; and what is served at schools is out of my control. The one that interested me and made me actually think about the foods being serves was that sack lunches from home are better than school meals. I never pictured cafeteria food actually being good for people, even though they are supposed to be. As a student, I ate a sack lunch practically every day and I feel as though my lunches were very balanced and nutritious, but that must mean that my lunch was the exception and that many other sack lunches have never little nutritional value. “Research…concluded that students who eat school lunches consume less calories from fat than students who bring their lunch from home. Furthermore, the research found school lunches contain three times as many dairy products, twice as much fruit, and seven times the vegetable amounts as lunches brought from home.” After reading this and reflecting on my lunches, I agree that these school lunches probably have more dairy, because my lunches rarely had dairy products, but at the same time my lunches had a lot of fruits and vegetables. I also think about the foods served at my school and realize that those foods do not meet the standards of which this research looked at. This is very interesting to me and as a hopefully future teacher and mom, I want to be prepared to meet the nutritional needs of the next generation instead of setting them off on the wrong foot for life.