Friday, October 28, 2011

Why the NSLP Matters to Everyone

NSLP is the National School Lunch Program.  Earlier this year I blogged about the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the alignment mandate that has long existed between the two.  I mean that the meals that are fed to the children are supposed to meet these guidelines.  If you recall, the DGAs call for the increase of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, good fats(oils) and the limit of calories, salt, saturated fat and added sugar.  For the first time, the DGAs discuss the difference in quality amongst vegetables.  This is something that was evident in the food pyramid from Walter Willett and Harvard that I posted many years ago and several times.  The problem is potatoes and starchy vegetables such as corn and peas.  Because of their lesser status, the school lunch program has to limit them.

There is a great post about this on the Harvard School of Public Health's website.  I receive their newsletter and became aware of this post today.  It makes far more sense for me to share the page with you then to try and restate it here.  

The point of my title today is that what is being done with the school lunch program is something we should all be doing -limiting foods that are higher in calories and which have a composition that is not the best for our metabolic system (insulin and such)

PLEASE read more here.

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