By Ed Bruske
aka The Slow Cook
This breakfast may look innocent enough. But if you give it a moment's thought, you'll notice that it's just one huge helping of carbohydrates and sugar--sugar in the juice, sugar in the canned peaches, and I'm guessing sugar in the pancakes as well.
Sugar is the No. 1 culprit in the childhood obesity epidemic. It raises triglycerides, raises "bad" LDL cholesterol, lowers "good" HDL cholesterol, leads to elevated blood pressure and atherosclerosis. Sugar and simple, starchy carbohydrates stimulate insulin production, the hormone responsible for fat storage in the body.
A big part of the problem are the federal government's wacky "Dietary Guidelines for Americans," which promote consumption of carbohydrates in grains and do not place enough emphasis on healthy proteins and fats. Compounding the problem are the prevailing calorie requirements in the federally-subsidized school meal program, which encourage schools to pack meals with sugar and cheap, processed carbs.
To top it off, federal funding for the program is nowhere near enough. Most schools can't afford to pay for more expensive, healthier foods.
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