aka The Slow Cook
Yesterday I wrote about the chairman of the D.C. Council relying on "research" conducted by a six-year-old to conclude that city schools should bring chocolate milk back to the cafeterias. As I noted there, children may not be the best sources for nutritional advice. Given a choice, they will always pick sugar over real food.
I do not exaggerate. Take a look at this photo from the lunch room at my daughter's inner-city elementary school a year ago. This fourth-grader's lunch from home consists of a 12-ounce can of Sprite, a gigantic cupcake (she'd already licked off the icing), a bag of Oreo cookies and a lollipop.
In case you're wondering, a 12-ounce can of sprite contains 36 grams of added sugar (high-fructose corn syrup), or 9 teaspoons.
Also that year, kids were bringing this Safeway brand cola to school. I'm not sure how much sugar is in it, but you can bet it's a lot.
Things didn't change this year, when my daughter transferred to fifth grade at an elementary school in a more affluent part of the city. Except the sodas have gotten bigger. This 20-ounce bottle of Sprite contains 60 grams of added sugar, or 15 teaspoons worth.
This boy was nursing a 32-ounce bottle of orange-flavored Gatorade Power G. An 8-ounce serving delivers 14 grams of sugar--about the same amount added to a typical carton of chocolate milk. Do the math, however, and you see that this is just one-fourth of the sugar in the entire bottle, which contains a whopping 14 teaspoons of sugar.
The same boy then pulled out a foil pouch of Kool Aid "Jammers," tropical punch flavored. This 6-ounce serving contains 19 grams of sugar--nearly five teaspoons worth--making it even more potent than the Sprite.
What do you think? Should schools do something about children bringing sodas with their lunch?