U.S. Senate Allows Pizza to Remain Classified as a Vegetable

Wow, what would we do without the U.S. Senate?

Through all their brilliance, Congress just blocked rules proposed by the USDA  (U.S. Dept of Agriculture) that was targeted to decrease the quantity of starchy foods as well as increase the amounts of vegetables in school meals.

Chalk up another victory for ConAgra, Coca-Cola and Del Monte Foods in their group lobbying effort to continue the poisoning of our children.

The school pizza remains officially classified as a vegetable because it has 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce on an average slice!   (It’s only 2 tablespoon of tomato paste with lots of water but who’s counting anyway.)

Wow, what a bounty of nutrition (not!).

This scant serving of tomato paste in school lunch pizza actually qualifies as one half-cup serving of vegetables according to USDA regulations.  The new rules would have increased the amount of tomato sauce required to qualify as a serving thus disqualifying the pizza ability to be counts as a vegetable.

And never mind that a  tomato is actually a fruit, that canned tomato sauce often has added sugar or that pizza’s single greatest nutritional component is carbohydrate from the wheat flour.

It’s no wonder the kids in America is getting so sick.

I know it seems like a hassle and takes extra time during an already hectic day but start packing your kids lunches.  You cannot trust anyone else to keep their best interests in mind.

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Cheryl Peterson
Cheryl Peterson
December 6, 2011 6:20 pm

Unbelievable. I spoke with you Sunday at the gathering at Kevin & Sonias and heeding your advice on giving my son on a low-carb, higher salt diet. Thanks for your feedback.
Just came across these 2 articles, which reminded me of what you were saying about something that hasn’t been identified yet:
1) http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20111204/eating-rice-may-raise-arsenic-levels
2) http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/consumer-reports-magazine-january-2012/arsenic-in-your-juice/index.htm


November 20, 2011 2:25 am

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