Madison Lunch Program on Fox 10Posted: August 21, 2012
The new federal school lunch standards are being implemented across the country today. The cafeteria at my son’s school, Madison Camelview, was featured on Fox 10 this evening. Madison has been a bit ahead of the curve and has been implementing healthier changes for a couple of years. You’ll see from this piece, though that “healthy” is relative:
Kristen Soulsby, the district’s head of nutrition, calls the new lunches, “very nutritious.” Compared to what–lunch at Circle K? The federal government and Madison District have made positive changes, but we shouldn’t act like this is the Edible School Yard. The two most popular student choices are cheap hamburger (minus the pink slime this year) or a Smuckers Uncrustables (with whole wheat crust!).
For your reading pleasure, I’ve included the fine ingredients in an Uncrustables packaged pb and j:
BREAD: UNBLEACHED WHOLE WHEATFLOUR, WATER, WHEAT GLUTEN, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: SALT, DOUGH CONDITIONERS (DISTILLED MONOGLYCERIDES, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE, DATEM, ENZYMES [WITH AMYLASE, LIPASE, ASCORBIC ACID, CALCIUM PEROXIDE, AZODICARBONAMIDE, WHEAT STARCH]), YEAST. PEANUT BUTTER: PEANUTS, DEXTROSE, SUGAR, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES (PALM AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL), CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: FULLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS (SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED AND/OR RAPESEED), SALT, MOLASSES.GRAPE JELLY: GRAPE JUICE, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: PECTIN, CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVATIVE).
The salad is the least popular choice on the menu. Duh.
Maybe I’m being too harsh–but I think we can all admit we have a ways to go. Madison is among the best districts in the state and our school lunch program is better than most in the country–but it’s not good enough. . . yet.
Addendum: I looked up mono and diglycerides and they are trans fats. Because they are emulsifiers, the FDA doesn’t require they be listed as trans fats. One of the big selling points of the new standards is “No Trans Fats!”