Whole milk banned for unhealthness, but cheetos not..,

  1. Sat Dec 10, 6:06 AM ET

    CHICAGO - Cartons of whole milk would be considered junk food, but baked Cheetos would not, under new rules proposed Friday by Illinois education officials.


    The State Board of Education proposed the rules after Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked for a junk food ban in elementary and middle schools.

    The new rules focus on the nutritional content of foods rather than broad categories of food.

    Because of that, the proposed guidelines would allow 1 ounce bags of baked potato chips, even though all chips are now banned under the board's current definition of junk food. Whole milk would also be banned because of its high fat content, school officials said.

    Some of the recommended cut-off points: calories from fat exceeding 35 percent (except nuts and seeds), calories from saturated fat exceeding 10 percent, and total calories exceeding 200 for an individual package.

    "I think it's more practical," said the board's general counsel, Jonathan Furr. "We're focusing on nutrition, which is the objective to focus on a healthier environment."

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051210/...ools_junk_food
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Baked Cheetos?
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Baked Cheetos?
    Me too Marie . . . .Baked Cheetos?

    steph
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    School lunch programs have been LONG known for their unhealthiness and unsound food choices. But this really tops the (fattening/sugary) cupcake.
  6. by   HappyJaxRN
    That's it. Let's cut out all the milk from the school lunches...could be the only source of calcium some of these kids are getting...especially the ones from low income homes....Next thing you'll hear about is the increase of fractures due to brittle bones....Hmmm....
  7. by   fergus51
    I don't see the problem. Whole milk is very high in fat. They can still have reduced fat milk.
  8. by   Tweety
    Quote from stevielynn
    Me too Marie . . . .Baked Cheetos?

    steph

    Those are those puffy light things. We call them Cheese Puffs. No nutritional value whatsoever. But probably lower in fat than whole milk.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Milk, even whole fat milk, has FOOD VALUE. Cheetos, baked or fried, however, have NONE.what message are we sending kids when we do things like this?
  10. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Baked Cheetos?
    I recently bought them and they are so good

    They are new

    http://www.fritolay.com/fl/flstore/cgi-bin/Nutrition_ProdID_364064.htm
  11. by   fergus51
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Milk, even whole fat milk, has FOOD VALUE. Cheetos, baked or fried, however, have NONE.what message are we sending kids when we do things like this?
    That sometimes food value doesn't make up for excess calories and fat. I'm all for eating healthy foods in school, but I think if we want to decrease obesity rates among kids then whole milk isn't the best choice. Let them have skim milk. Baked cheetos aren't great, but a few empty calories a day aren't going to kill anyone.
  12. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Milk, even whole fat milk, has FOOD VALUE. Cheetos, baked or fried, however, have NONE.what message are we sending kids when we do things like this?
    Coming from the school system, who counts ketchup packages as vegetable servings.................anything is possible
  13. by   Tweety
    Quote from fergus51
    That sometimes food value doesn't make up for excess calories and fat. I'm all for eating healthy foods in school, but I think if we want to decrease obesity rates among kids then whole milk isn't the best choice. Let them have skim milk. Baked cheetos aren't great, but a few empty calories a day aren't going to kill anyone.

    I agree. I'm hoping we're sending the message to make healthy choices: low fat milk and healthier snacks. Although I agree there's no value in Cheetos, but the message to choose the baked over the fried is a good one. The message to choose low fat milk over whole milk is a good one.

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