School Recommends Kids Eat Cheese Doodles

In school, we were taught a simple chant: “Good better best, never let it rest, till your good is better, and your better is best.” However, one school district isn’t trying very hard when it comes to helping students make healthy eating choices.

This is a list of the snacks recommended by the Yonkers public school “Snackwise Club.” It divides food into “Good” and “Better” choices.

For example, a Good Humor Ice Cream Bar is a “good” choice. A “better” choice is a packet of Cheese Doodles.

Reader Mike says, “This has my blood boiling. [It's] low even by Yonkers standards.”

Full scan of all the recommendations, inside…

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Consider lobbying your school board to revamp the lunch menu (granted, getting this to succeed is very, very hard).

In the meantime, pack your kid’s lunch with “better” choices, preferably ones items that were in the ground at some point. — BEN POPKEN

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  1. Magister says:

    The sale of Candy and Soda is prohibited in all Yonkers Public School Cafeterias.

    Umm… Hawiaan Punch and Yoo Hoos are both.

    Sunny D? Horrible for kids.

    Wonder which food vendor recommended those healthy items?

    Or is this a case of lesser of two evils. They probably don’t serve anything actually healthy, and just have to divide up the horrible stuff they have into ‘Really bad’ and REALLY REALLY BAD’.

  2. Kornkob says:

    I find it humorous that they have a huge disclaimer at the bottom prohibiting the sale of candy or soda in the lunchroom—- even though the menu has ‘Quaker Fruit Bites’ (chewy candy like snacks) and Yoo Hoo (a ‘dairy based’ non-milk sugary beverage) and Hawaiian punch (kool aid with fruit juice)— as though those products are really any ‘better’ for you than soda.

  3. KevinQ says:

    This crappy list is caused by judging food items by a couple of unrelated aspects, instead of looking at the whole food.

    Cheese doodles? Deep-fried corn starch, salted and flavored. Sure, they probably are light in fat (nothing to them to hold the fat in) and light in sodium (just coated on the outside). But they’re not “healthy.” There’s nothing to them – they’re like salted air.

    Similar thing with the “Fruit Bites” and fruit rollups. They might somehow be low in sugar, but they don’t have anything good for you, either.

    They probably judge whether something is a “candy” or a “soda” by just checking which aisle the item is sold in, rather than actually looking to the item has a nutritional benefit.

    Instead of judging foods by appearances, they should be looking at the entire nutritional value of the food, to see if it is actually a “good choice” for kids, or if it’s a “better choice.” Some of these are just rotten choices.

    K

  4. Falconfire says:

    Here is the deal with the prohibited items.

    Schools have contracts with these companies for food sales. A lot of schools also do fundraisers. The companies overcharge on EVERYTHING, so the fundraise snacks end up being much cheaper.

    To prevent actual kids from having a choice they thus limit your ability to fundraise during lunch hours.

    That way the food service rapes as much money as possible from you

  5. Sam Glover says:

    This post made me hungry, so I just grabbed a bag of Cheetos.

  6. Triteon says:

    In stressing moderation “Students may purchase a second entree item for $1.00″.

  7. emax4 says:

    They should also have a cap on the quantity of each item can be purchased. Someone might not want 2 Lindens cookies when they easily get 5 chocolate chip cookies for the same price. If you look at the nutritional info on an average box of cookies, it states that only 1 cookie consists of a serving.

  8. major disaster says:

    Obviously, Stephen A. Smith is behind this.

  9. grapesaresour says:

    What I find most odd here is that ‘Cheese Doodles’ are Better, while ‘Cheese Doodles, Crunchy’ are just Good. Especially because I have yet to meet a Cheese Doodle that wasn’t crunchy.

  10. DeadSnake says:

    So, why are the regular cheese doodles better than the crunchy ones? Is it because they fry it in bacon grease for that added crunch or something? I’m confused.

  11. What ever happened to cheesey poofs? I can’t find them anywhere here in Denver. There’s Cheeto’s, but only the small cruncy one, not the sausage shaped ones that turn your fingers orange.

  12. Magister says:

    James Watt might be in charge of this menu… (too old school?!?)

  13. Triteon says:

    A bit old school. I don’t remember Watt being a part of the “ketchup-as-vegetable” idiocy, Magister. I remember him on the cover of Time (or maybe US News?) portrayed as a woman, a black, a Jew and a cripple.
    (That last statement not meant to offend anyone except James Watt. You said ‘em, Jimmy.)

  14. etinterrapax says:

    Bon Jour, the cheesey poofs are the Cheese Doodles (as opposed to “crunchy,” which are also sold as Cheetos). I imagine the regular Cheese Doodles are considered a better bet because they’re not as dense, and thereby lower in whatever bad ingredient per serving than Cheetos are.

    This list is depressing. And I agree that the indicators by which junk foods are judged fail to consider the overall nutritional value of the food.

  15. themikefromYonkers says:

    No cheese doodles till you finish your corndog!

  16. Jennifer42 says:

    Depressing. My kids eat packed lunch, I’ve seen what they serve at the school- bro9wn fried processed chicken, with two sides- atter tots and corn chips….so healthy. No wonder so many kids can’t concentrate!