Kids: Are You What You Eat?

How many times have you heard "you are what you eat" from your parents, school, or your family doctor? Dozens of time? Hundreds of times? Well, you won't hear it here. Instead, I will just tell you to be watchful of what you eat and be educated on the nutritional value of that afternoon cookie and morning "Caramel  Macchiato with extra caramel sauce." However, there is a movement that I think you, as young consumers and eaters, need to know about. What is it? It's a campaign to put a fast food infomercial in school as part of your nutrition education.

Now, this isn't a new idea. Many fast food chains have worked to get their name and their products in schools. And, I can bet that the majority of you out there don't really care one way or another. In fact, I would imagine that by the time you are in 3rd grade, most of you have already determined what you like to eat. However, it is still easy to change your eating habits given the right push or a bit of education that makes something look like you can't wait to try it. 

The infomercial I am speaking about is one developed by McDonalds. It is based on an experiment a high school science teacher conducted over 90 days. During that time, he ate nothing but McDonalds, and he lost weight. He published a book on the experiment, and became a paid ambassador for McD's. In turn, McD's created a video "540 meals" they want to use as nutritional education in both middle and high schools.

In response, some parents are outraged, and there is a petition to stop the video before it starts. This is the part you need to know, and I speak from experience--we make ourselves fat and unhealthy from the choices we make. You, however, are just learning what power you have to make your own choices. Is it healthy to eat nothing but fast food, I would have to say "No". But, it's also unhealthy to eat nothing except beans and fried potatoes. I know your "YUCK" meter just went off (sorry, but that's what I grew up on). 

Anyway, my whole point of this week's blog is to inform you so that you can make your own decisions. Is it good to let McDonald's share their video with you as part of your health education? Or, is it better for fast food companies to stay out of schools? Here's a link to find out more. The Lunch Tray Blog

And just so you have the facts: a homemade chocolate chip cookie contains 78 calories (41 of them from fat); a 12 oz. Caramel Maccchiato contains 140 calories (9 of them from fat) the extra syrup can run up to 100 calories per pump unless it's sugar free. In my book, that isn't that bad, but then what do I know (LOL).

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