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Healthy School Lunches

For English 135

Richard Peraza

on 19 August 2011

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http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/lunch/aboutlunch/NSLPFactSheet.pdf Healthy School Lunches
Richard Peraza
Devry University
ENGL 135 Research Presentation Reference page All Schools need to provide healthier and better quality foods for the sake of the children health and education. Thesis Statement Some schools aren't serving fruits or vegetables

Many schools serve low quality meat

Most schools serve sugar drinks and junk foods to children meals

Food contain high saturated fat

Children perform poorly due to the lack of healthy foods.

Not enough kids drinking milk.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture aren't putting much effort of providing healthier foods for school lunches.

Government pays only for cheap quality food. The problem with many schools is that they don’t serve the complete food groups that every child needs.

Zero regulation Hydrogenated Oil

Hydrogenated oils contain high levels of trans fats

Gives baked goods and snacks a longer shelf life

Used in more than 40,000 food products in the U.S.

Trans fats increase harmful LDL cholesterol and decrease good cholesterol, both of which contribute to heart disease Brominated Vegetable Oil

BVO is an additive created by mixing vegetable oil with the element bromine

Gives the flavoring oils in soda the same density as water

The emulsified flavor oils stay suspended in the drink, boosting flavor in many citric-based fruit and soft drinks
Causes a significant increase of triglyceride and cholesterol content in both heart and liver

Residues in rats accumulated in body fat, damaging organs including heart, liver, thyroid, testicles, and kidneys High Fructose Corn Syrup

Cheaper than cane and beet sugar

Easier to blend in beverages; maintains sweetness better; prevents freezer burn; reduces crystallization; keeps baked goods soft and helps them brown

With a high glycemic index, it converts to fat more than any other sugar

It alters the metabolic rate in a way that favors fat storage

Research suggests that it is a major factor of obesity

High Fructose Corn Syrup increases the risk for type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, strokes, and cancer

HFCS is not easily metabolized by the liver Artificial Colors & Flavorings

Artificial colors are chemical compounds made mainly from coal-tar derivatives

Food coloring is used to give color

Artificial colors have been linked to allergic reactions, asthma, skin rashes, hyperactivity, headaches and fatigue

Artificial flavors are cheaply produced chemical mixtures that mimic a natural flavor Benzoate Preservatives

Benzoates are antioxidants normally used as sodium, potassium, or calcium salts and their derivatives

Benzoate compounds are often added to foods to preserve fats and prevent the fats from becoming rancid

Often used in cereals, butter, meats, baked goods, snack foods, dehydrated potatoes, and beer

Can result in hyperactivity, asthma, urticaria, rhinitis, dermatitis and angiodema Health Inspection

When it comes to health inspections, only eighty-six percent of all schools of the states make sure that the cafeteria staffs have basic food safety training before preparing meals.
Sure eighty-six percent may sound as a good thing, but what about the fourteen percent that don’t have food safety training; that’s a big deal. Many of the beef and chicken are so bad quality that even the fast food meat is better than the school meat.

Fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s, Burger King, and Costco have far more rigorous meat checks for bacteria and dangerous pathogens than most schools. My second reason why schools have unhealthy foods is because the lack of funds to pay for better quality and healthy foods.

Funding is a huge issue when it comes unhealthy school lunches. Schools don’t have enough money to serve healthy and better quality foods. Right now in the United States the government are paying one dollar for each kid per meal.

I don’t think that’s enough money to serve enough food for one child.

President Obama even ask for an extra billion dollars for all school lunches, but that would only result of giving each child a dollar and thirty cents to spend on a meal.

You see, that’s a lot of money the Government have to pay.

The governments are paying for our children lunch, after school snacks, and breakfast every year; that cost about 10 billion dollars an year. One solution the school can do to provide healthier food is of course serving healthier and better quality foods. Schools can offer proper training for chef employees before serving meals.

They should be train to know the proper way of serving healthy dishes.

It doesn’t have to be fancy, just make simply home cook meals. I’m not saying that we should stop serving burgers, pizza, or hotdogs; I’m just saying to use better quality and healthier ingredients. Healthy Ingredients Trained chefs Bring your own lunch Last year in 2010, President Obama signs the Hunger-Free Act of 2010. The Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 main priority is childhood obesity and hunger.

What this act does is to increase good and quality meals in all school lunches.

The Hunger-Free Kids of 2010 give the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) the authority to set nutritional standards and provide additional funding for schools to meet its healthy requirements.

What it also does it helps local farm to deliver food for all school, and help create school gardens.

There will be an increase chance of enrollment for more eligible children to have access to meal programs.

All school’s food will be monitored for hazard analysis and food safety requirement.

All cooks and chef will be provided with training and technical assistance. To support the Hunger-Free Kids act, rearrange the meals or start a fundraiser at your school.

One great way for schools for getting healthy food is to start a local farm near the town, or better yet, create a school garden.

We should encourage all schools to have their own school garden and school garden curriculum.

That way not only schools will serve healthier foods, kids will learn how to make nutritional food, thus encouraging them into eating healthy.

Children who grow their own food are more likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, thus creating a healthy society for all school lunches. I guarantee if we allow healthier foods on our school menus, support the Hunger-Free kids act, and create a school garden, our children will become more healthier, more smarter, more social responsible, and more respectful to our environment and community. Remember, our children are our future I guarantee if we allow healthier foods on our school menus, support the Hunger-Free kids act, and create a school garden, our children will become more healthier, more smarter, more social responsible, and more respectful to our environment and community. Remember, our children are our future.
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