Archive for Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Sugar extremes

September 26, 2006


To the editor:

I was delighted to read that school districts are finally reducing access to sugary treats in our schools. Then I kept on reading: no birthday party treats, no occasional snack for celebration. This is just another example of how health freaks take a good idea and turn it into a fascist agenda.

We shouldn't allow vending companies and food-service companies to push junk food onto our kids, and it is obvious that cafeteria sweets represent some of the most unhealthy food on the planet. Daily intake of sweets is harmful. Occasional enjoyment is the right way to eat them. Puritanical denial of all sweets is fanatical.

Kaylie Price is right on target when she points out how terrible for you and horribly tasting diet soda is, and yet, because the no-sweets policy is not based in reality, but in fanaticism, snacks are being offered as alternatives that are worse than the original.

And why would Gatorade be considered any less bad? Has Bruce Passman ever read the ingredients on a bottle? I happen to have one right here: "Water, sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup :" Need I go on? If this policy gets adopted we can all consider it a milestone on our way to educating the humanity and common sense out of our children.

T. Ryan O'Leary,



mom_of_three 11 years, 9 months ago

Went to a volleyball game last night at Free state, and all that was available was gatorade, the smallest bottles of water imaginable for a big price, and diet sodas.
There needs to be a balance, since the only thing you could be sure about was the water.

Confrontation 11 years, 9 months ago

I think these kids get plenty of junk to eat at home. If you want your kid to have a cupcake, give it to him/her at home.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 9 months ago

"health freaks take a good idea and turn it into a fascist agenda."

Yea, right, and they'll be setting up secret detention facilities around the world soon, too.

I agree with you about gatorade, but if the goal is to limit the availability of highly sugared and other junk foods, then the types of food allowed in the weekly birthday parties that happen in grade schools should also be limited. Just because you want your kid to have have twinkies and ho-hos doesn't mean other parents want their kids to be peer-pressured into eating them, too.

Linda Endicott 11 years, 9 months ago

Birthday parties at school could definitely be a problem, as it seems that at least one child has a birthday every day, somewhere.

I think a good solution to that would be for each class to have one monthly birthday party, which would be a celebration for all the kids who had a birthday that month. That way, they still get to have their special celebrations, but not every day or every week.

If there's a holiday in that month, they could very easily incorporate that into the monthly celebration as well.

And Gatorade IS nasty and bad for you. Yeah, it has electrolytes and all that nifty stuff, but it's also chock full of sugars. Pure fruit juice would be better for you than that.

Which makes me think of Pedialyte, and wondering why they don't make some form of it for adults. Adults have the same problem occasionally, don't they?

Linda Endicott 11 years, 9 months ago

There are ways to make cupcakes that aren't loaded with sugar and fat. And most kids can't tell the difference.

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