School deems chicken nuggets healthier than turkey sandwich

Katherine - posted on 02/19/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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800px McDonalds Chicken McNuggets 300x130 School Deems Chicken Nuggets Healthier than Turkey Sandwich. Wait . . . What?



How are these healthier than a turkey sandwich?



My 3-year-old daughter is a pretty picky eater. Her diet is mostly limited to peanut butter and jelly, pizza (without the cheese) and pasta. She won’t touch meat of any kind, milk or cheese. Thankfully she loves every kind of fruit and will also devour peas, edamame and carrots.



My husband and I don’t get crazy over what we think she might be missing in her diet. Her weight is perfectly normal and we figure she eats when she’s hungry and it’ll all even out in the end. That being said, we are careful about what we give her at each meal to ensure she doesn’t eat too much, say, fruit (if left to her own devices, she’d eat it all day long, and you can imagine what happens as a result). We try to look at the big picture of what she has eaten and will eat over the course of the day and make decisions about each meal accordingly. She doesn’t eat much, but much thought on our part goes into what she does (and will) eat.



We also don’t get crazy about what she eats when she’s not with us, like, say, at a friend’s house or for a snack or special treat served at school. That being said, what would make us crazy is if some pseudo-authority figure at her preschool took away what we packed her for lunch and replaced it with what they deemed to be better for her. That would make us crazy.



Don’t think it can’t happen, because it did. To a preschooler in North Carolina.



A state agent was inspecting lunch boxes at the West Hoke Elementary School and deemed that one student’s packed lunch of a turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, apple juice and potato chips “did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines,” according to Fox News.



So that lunch was taken away from the student and instead, the kid was given chicken nuggets. And guess what? The kids’ parents were billed for the replacement lunch!



The decision was said to be made “under consideration of a regulation put in place by the Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services, which requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs to meet USDA guidelines.”



Child care providers are required to “supplement” any “required” items that are missing when necessary.



I know, I know, apple juice and potato chips are hardly healthy. The bread might have been white instead of whole wheat. The sandwich had cheese on it. And unless the turkey was fresh-roasted breast meat, it can be filled with sodium.



But on what planet is a fried chicken nugget any better than anything in that lunch? Or considered healthy? Even if the meat is organic, it’s still fried! At worst, I’d call it a wash.



And maybe, just maybe, couldn’t they have let the kid eat the home packed lunch that day and sent home a note to the parents advising them of the problematic items and let them know in the future such meals would be replaced?



What am I missing here? Because it seems pretty black and white. And pretty damn stupid.

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Krista - posted on 02/19/2012

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Actually, I've read some well-sourced stories about this, and the inspectors did not take the child's lunch away.



The mother, being low-income, was eligible for lunch supplementation for her child, and opted into it. So, whether she packed a turkey sandwich or a big bag of air for her kid, under the program, these providers would ensure that the child received the balanced lunch. These lunches are pre-packaged, so it's not like they just give bits and pieces here and there.



Inspectors were there that day to make sure that the program was being run properly. They saw that the child's lunch was lacking, and provided her with the supplementary lunch, telling her that she could have some of that as well.



They did not take away her lunch.



I agree that chicken nuggets, unless they're of white meat and baked (not deep-fried) are a poor choice. But unfortunately, Fox is spreading misinformation (surprise, surprise) and making it sound as though the government is snatching out lunches from under kids' noses.

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Katherine - posted on 02/20/2012

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I knew I could count on you Krista to get the full story! It seemed wild at best. I mean who would do that? So they supplemented to her lunch. Makes sense now.

Lady Heather - posted on 02/19/2012

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So they didn't take it away but they gave her extra food in the form of totally unnecessary chicken nuggets? I don't see how that is all that much better. Honestly, what kid is going to take a sandwich over nuggets? Well...maybe mine. But she ate whole wheat spaghetti with spinach pesto for lunch today. I don't think she is normal.



I can't figure out what yahoo saw something lacking in a turkey sandwich that could be corrected with a chicken nugget. Should that person be having contact with chdren in an educational setting? Because he or she is lacking too, in the brain sense.

Lady Heather - posted on 02/19/2012

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In speaking to my friends about this I believe my words were "ass kickingly mad". I pity the fool who replaces my kids sandwich with chicken effing nuggets. Sure, the chips weren't the best lunch addition but even my health nut mum let us have chips in our lunch for a treat about twice a year. Ha. Imagine if I got that rare treat and the school stole it? Omg.

Katherine - posted on 02/19/2012

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Unbelievable! Now the government is telling us what to do? Seriously a turkey sandwich isn't good enough? What is going on? And chicken nuggets are?

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