June 12, 2016
My father used to brag about my school cafeteria. “You know Sonja has fresh school-baked buns every day.” I grew up eating a school lunch that was made at school from real food.
Now, when we talk about cafeteria “food,” we have to use the term loosely. The other day the hot entree at Pittsburgh Public Schools was “honey sweet corn dog;” a few days later, it was “mozzarella sticks with marinara.”
With Uncrustables, Go-gurts, Lunchables and juice boxes peddled as food to parents and kids, many alternatives to school lunch are just as bad. And even the most health-conscious of lunch-packing parents would likely not suspect that each slice of 365 whole wheat sandwich bread contains 3 grams of sugar, meaning a peanut butter sandwich (even without jelly) has more sugar than a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.