School lunch seems to be a hot topic these days. I think much of the buzz about school lunch program in the United States stems from Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution...a TV program that reveals the travesty that exists in the nutritional quality of the lunches being served in a lot of public schools around the country. The issue is so big and so troubled but I do believe that as parents become more and more informed about how food is affecting their children's health and behavior there will be an increasing demand for change. I recently stumbled across this video of Robyn O'Brien explaining why there has been an alarming increase in the number of kids diagnosed with food allergies since 1997. She does a wonderful job of explaining the correlation between synthetic proteins and the rising number of allergy, cancer and diabetes diagnoses among children in the United States! If you have 18 minutes to spare this is WELL worth watching.
Yesterday a school in Chicago is banning kids from taking cold lunch to school. It's not very often that my feathers get ruffled but this news story sure did the trick. The school board claims school lunch is healthier than the cold lunches most students are bringing into the school. This to me is absurd! Taking away a parent's right to choose what we believe is best for our children is ludicrous. Having said that, I'm thankful for this news story because it seems to have people talking about food and nutrition. My Facebook friends were up in arms over this topic yesterday . I can only hope this encourages people to take a closer look at the quality of food being served in public schools and energizes them to call for change.
The second season of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution premiers tonight at 8/7 c on ABC and I simply cannot wait to see what this season brings! If you're interested in the topic of school lunch this is definitely a show you don't want to miss!
Today's "revolution" lunch includes: roast beef and cheese robot sandwich with yellow pepper, olive and cucumber accents, blackberries, strawberries, pea pods, almond flour blueberry muffin