What are they feeding our kids brains about food?!
The other day I noticed my daughter fervently reading the ingredients label on the bag of popcorn. When I asked her what she was doing she insisted that she couldn’t eat popcorn anymore because it was unhealthy. At school that day she had a health teacher visit, and despite what was actually said, what my third-grader got from the experience was a bit troubling. “Dad, if there is fat in this popcorn am I going to die of a heart attack?” She asked. Not only did I quickly assure her that her choice of popcorn was healthy enough, but I had to address the demonization of fat that she had now been indoctrinated with. I have seen it enough in the health and fitness world and fortunately most nutritionalists have come around to the current findings that saturated fat is not only OK but also shows evidence of heart protection.
Unfortunately this “health expert” is still using scientifically outdated data and promoting this low-fat type of diet that we now know has no more benefit than drinking a Diet Coke.
Today we got sent home a food log in conjunction with “myPlate” and the USDA that she was supposed to fill out. She told me it wasn’t anyone’s business what she was eating but ours, and I wholeheartedly agreed. The point of the assignment obviously was to find where her chosen foods fit in with the outdated system and again demonize certain foods and praise others, no matter how incorrect the information may be.
The most current science refutes many of the claims made on “myPlate” and Harvard School of Public Health rejects the USDA’s dietary advice as the product of “intense lobbying efforts from a variety of food industries.” This is troubling, and in response Harvard offered their own example, “The Healthy Eating Plate.” Needless to say, I offered to my daughter to come to school so I could discuss the numerous inaccuracies in the “myPlate” with her health teacher. For now she opted to just not complete the assignment and see where that goes. Ha!!