Archive for August, 2008

Public Comments Open for USDA School Lunch Program

Daily school lunch offered in Columbia, MO

Daily school lunch offered in Columbia, MO

Last week, in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, an article revealed some
shocking school breakfast and lunch options: “Pop-Tarts and doughnuts
for breakfast for 2-year-olds. Rolls, chicken nuggets and French fries for
school lunches. Brownies given the same nutritional value as a slice of
whole-wheat bread.”

This struck a chord with me since I recently posted here about the dismal lunches served in the Columbia Public Schools in Missouri. One particularly disturbing lunch option – Smucker’s PBJ Uncrustable, Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Pretzels, Rice Krispie Treat, 1% cholocate milk, baby carrots and a fruit – is offered daily to students throughout the district!With 789-calories, the school’s website highlights that the lunch contains 23g of protein (92-calories) and just 24% fat (189-calories; 21g); no mention that this means the lunch also contains 508-calories from carbohydrate (127g), or the equivalent of 32-teaspoons of sugar in a child’s metabolism…not to mention if a parent packed such a lunch for their child each day, they’d be branded as irresponsible and lending a hand to the epidemic of childhood obesity!

With school back in session across many states, it seems we have a pattern that shows school lunches are not as healthful as we’re led to believe!

Senatobia, Mississippi: Chicken Nuggets or BBQ Rib Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy, Cheesy Broccoli, Hot Cinnamon Apples, Fruit Juice, Yeast Roll, Gelatin. (assorted milk)

Randolph, Massachusetts: Nachos with cheese, beef, onion, tomato and sour cream and fruit. (assorted milk)

Roff, Oklahoma: Corndog, tator tots, black-eyed peas, chocolate pudding and milk.

Whittier, Massachusetts: Choice of Domino’s of french bread pizza, small salad, pretzel, assorted fruit. (assorted milk)

Folsom, New Jersey: Nachos with cheese or Smucker’s PB&J, vegetable, fruit and milk.

Ada, Oklahoma: Frito chili pie with cheese, green beans, garden salad, rosy applesauce, salad bar and milk.

Benton, Arkansas: Pizza, corn, salad, half an orange, milk. Nachos, pizza, chicken nuggets, corndogs, frito chili pie….what is frito chili pie anyway? And why are we not disturbed by these school lunches offered to our kids each day?

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August 27, 2008 at 3:09 pm 3 comments

Low-Carb Health Examiner

With so much already on my plate, you’d think I was nuts for taking on one more thing!

But I have – I’m now posting columns as the national Low-Carb Health Examiner!

My first post there is a reprint, from 2005: Food for Thought

I’m still working out the kinks, but will still be writing and posting here too…!

Jamie VanEaton, whom many will recognize as “Cleochatra“, is the national Low-Carb Examiner and Amy Dugan, whom many will recognize as “Sparky’s Girl” is the St. Louis Low-Carb Examiner.

August 20, 2008 at 7:11 pm 1 comment

Feeding Infants Fructose

Discussion:  Consuming fructose during suckling may result in lifelong changes in body weight, insulin secretion, and fatty acid transport involving CD36 in muscle and ultimately promote insulin resistance.

That was the conclusion reached by researchers who published Dietary Fructose During the Suckling Period Increases Body Weight and Fatty Acid Uptake Into Skeletal Muscle in Adult Rats, in the journal Obesity.

While the study was on rats, it’s interesting to look at the ingredients in baby formula sold in the United States (all of the below are the first few ingredients listed from and do not include the brand name):

INGREDIENTS:  Nonfat Milk, Whey Protein Concentrate, Corn Syrup Solids
INGREDIENTS:  Corn Syrup Solids, Partially Hydrolyzed Nonfat Milk and Whey Protein Concentrate Solids, Vegetable Oil…
INGREDIENTS:  Corn Syrup Solids, Vegetable Oil (Palm Olein, Soy, Coconut, and High Oleic Sunflower Oils), Casein Hydrolysate …
INGREDIENTS:  Corn Syrup Solids (43.2%), Soy Protein Isolate (11.5%), High-Oleic Safflower Oil (10.3%), Sugar (Sucrose) (8.4%), Soy Oil (7.7%), Coconut Oil (7.7%)….

Is there a connection with rising prevalence of childhood obesity and feeding infants corn syrup solids?  Things that make you go ‘hmmmm’

August 8, 2008 at 3:37 pm 17 comments

My New Blog Home

Well, I decided to migrate my blog, Weight of the Evidence, to WordPress.  This was due to Blogger locking my blog under the mistaken belief it was a “spam blog”.  I have some minor work to do on the posts that migrated to get them properly tagged – but should have that complete by the end of next week.

For anyone who has my old blog address in their links ( – please change the link to – Thank you!

August 1, 2008 at 10:27 pm 1 comment

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