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7 Things A 7-Year-Old Could Convince Congress Are Vegetables

7 Things A 7-Year-Old Could Convince Congress Are Vegetables
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Ah, pizza. My favorite new addition to the vegetable family. As Robin Marty wrote last month, counting the tomato paste on pizza as a vegetable will help schools to meet the “two vegetables a lunch” requirement for school lunches. In conclusion, she wrote:

So, check your school lunch menu next year. Between pizza, french fries and a side of ketchup, your student will likely be eating so many vegetable servings at school you’ll hardly need to worry about what they eat at home.

Don’t worry though, there is lobbying happening on the home front too. My 7-year old is becoming quite the health-washing expert. Having heard my explanation several times about how Nutella is not the health food the company pretends it is, he has been charting his own career path as an advertising executive or food industry lobbyist by putting his own spin on his favorite foods.

Which foods will he be presenting to Congress next to go along with the unlimited pizza and potatoes? Read on…

Photo credit: callme_crochet on flickr

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10:55AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

thx.

7:38PM PDT on May 27, 2012

most of what we eat as junk food could be and should be actually healthy. If they cooked it properly and it was kept safer and the sugar and salt weren't so mercilessly used as fillers, then all of a sudden junk food could actually be food. But really, technicolor food full of colourings isn't necessary, and why the excessive use of preservatives? You'd think there weren't any people who need food now and we couldn't store it when it's out of season or something

5:48AM PDT on May 1, 2012

Tomato sauce is not a vegetable? Come on, people! It comes FROM tomatoes. Yes, tomato sauce IS a vegetable and pizza CAN be a healthy choice - if you pile it with vegetables. That eliminates school pizza which is most likely covered with lots of cheese food and no vegetable beyond the tomato sauce.

As Uroosa K points out, most foods start from plants. But instead of decrying the "stupidity" of classifying them as vegetables. They are vegetable based but most of what is being pushed as vegetables are, in fact, carbohydrates. It's time to specify the kind of vegetables that should be counted towards a serving of vegetables. A friend of mine taught her daughters that there should be something green with every meal and that jello did not count. I think that's a very good place to start.

1:30PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

To jest śmieszne, śmieciowe jedzenie nie można traktować jako porcji warzyw, tylko dlatego, że zawiera ich mikroskopijną ilość, tak samo jak cukierek zawierający odrobinę soku nie może być traktowany jak owoc. Jakieś "tęgie głowy" musiały się o tym namyśleć...

7:29AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

OK, while tomato sauce itself is healthy, as it has concentrated nutrient stuff, I don't know the details, it is definitely NOT a vegetable, and pizza is definitely NOT a health food. Come on, Congress!

12:23PM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Perhaps using the terms, raw and unprocessed would have been better... but hilarious article nonetheless.

2:05AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Wine, spirits, tobacco, marijuana, heroin, Britney Spears.

4:36PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

Witty...thanks

12:05PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

my science teacher got mad at this. it made me laugh. besides, i dont even like the school pizza. its disgusting.

2:08PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

All food comes from a plant so basically that means all food is vegetables or fruit! God save us from this stupidity.

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