Culinary no-no #694



Where is the healthiest place to eat in America?

Ponder that for awhile.

Researchers at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University analyzed analyzed all meals (including snacks and beverages) consumed by Americans over 16 years. Essentially they examined everything eaten by 40,000 adults and 21,000 children starting in 2003.

The main finding of the study was that Americans of all ages are, for the most part, eating poorly everywhere. There is an exception, according to the researchers.

“Schools are now the single healthiest place Americans are eating,” said Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School and senior author of the study. “This finding is particularly timely given widespread school closures over the last year from COVID-19, and current efforts to safely and fully reopen schools. Our results suggest substantial nutritional harms for millions of kids who have not been consistently receiving meals at school and must rely on other sources. These harms also disproportionately affect low-income, Black and Latinx children.”

Naturally there’s a lot of gushing over Michelle Obama.

“Our results underscore the fact that the nutritional quality of most meals, snacks, and drinks consumed in the U.S. remains poor, and with important differences by where the food is obtained,” said Mozaffarian. “Improvement in schools was especially striking, large, and equitable across population subgroups. This is clearly linked to the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, a powerful lesson on how a single federal policy can improve both nutrition and equity for millions of Americans.”

“The nutritional improvements in foods obtained at school came from kids eating more of what’s good for them, such as whole grains, total fruits, greens and beans, and less of what’s harmful, such as sugary drinks, refined grains, and foods with added sugar,” said first author Junxiu Liu, a postdoctoral scholar at the Friedman School at the time of the study, now assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “These were the specific targets of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.”

Sure those God-awful school lunches championed by Obama may have been healthy to some degree, but not if tons of kids weren’t eating them because they were so disgusting.

“If the kids don’t eat the food, then all I have is healthy trash cans,” said Peggy Lawrence, director of nutrition at the Rockdale County Public Schools in Georgia.

The study researchers do concede school meals only provided 9% of calories for the average child over the course of an entire year.

Meals with the lowest nutritional quality came from restaurants, where 65% of adult meals and 80% of children’s meals were of poor quality. Entertainment venues and food trucks were next, with 44% of adult meals and 52% of children’s meals being of poor nutritional quality. At work sites, 51% of adult meals eaten were of poor dietary quality.

What lies ahead? The study will be used to justify more government control, pontificating what and how we eat.

“This is a perfect time to take stock of our food sources and choices as a nation and find policy solutions to put better nutrition on the table for all Americans,” Mozaffarian said.


Experience: I’ve had the same supper for 10 years

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