Making meatloaf great again: Feds rolling back Obama-era school lunch regs

Making meatloaf great again: Feds rolling back Obama-era school lunch regs

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Who doesn’t love to sing along with, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad?” Sure, it sounds better in the shower or in my truck…. But I digress. I’m not talking about Meatloaf the singer. I’m talking about Meatloaf the tasty dinner – and so is Bob Kellogg over at OneNewsNow.com.

Apparently, the feds are rolling back some Obama-era nutrition standards with the intention of enticing kiddos to eat cafeteria food again and to stop filling up perfectly good dumpsters and landfills with paid-for-but-uneaten school lunches.

That’s good news…I think.

I have three sons – one in college and two in high school. (Yes, I’m a glutton for punishment and there’s never food left in my ‘fridge.) The two that are still in public schools equate cafeteria lunches to having teeth pulled at the dentist. My youngest, who inherited a sense of humor from one of his parents (I won’t tell you which one), said that he actually preferred the dentist over cafeteria food because at least the dentist numbed up his mouth before inflicting pain.

Yikes!

Kellogg reports that the announcement to roll back regulations came earlier this month by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

But it’s not all pizza slices and apples.

Kellogg quotes Dr. Rosemary Stein of the Christian Medical and Dental Association:

“Not a bad thought. But in the end what we’re actually doing is we’re decreasing the standards on unacceptable meals already.”

Or, as this writer would paraphrase, we’re lowering the bar in order to get kids to eat this junk.

Kellogg references a 2015 New York Times story that describes frustrations with mandated meals:

“Consider that in France, where the childhood obesity rate is the lowest in the Western world, a typical four-course school lunch (cucumber salad with vinaigrette, salmon lasagna with spinach, fondue with baguette for dipping and fruit compote for dessert) would probably not pass muster under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, because of the refined grains, fat, salt and calories.“

The rollback of regulations was met with more positive thoughts by the School Nutrition Association which stated that they have been asking for more flexibility to serve meals that are both “nutritious and palatable.”

So this is where we are? Seriously? We have to choose between healthy and tasty?

Dr. Stein tosses the salad directly in the bowl when she concludes that the feds need to stop playing dietitian and let the local schools and parents decide what should be served at lunch.

BINGO! Ding-ding-ding! We have a winner!

Kellogg quotes Stein again:

“Our children do best when the parents are involved. And our children will do best when we leave the decision making to the local figures and not to the national figures.”

So, the feds stop playing dietitian, parents and local schools decide what to feed the kids, and we all have fish lasagna and baguettes for lunch. Huh. Well, two out of three ain’t bad.

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