Yet more people unclear - California and nutritional standards

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Talk about being a Food Nazi -- from the New York Times:
Bake Sales Fall Victim to Push for Healthier Foods
Tommy Cornelius and the other members of the Piedmont High School boys water polo team never expected to find themselves running through school in their Speedos to promote a bake sale across the street. But times have been tough since the school banned homemade brownies and cupcakes.

The old-fashioned school bake sale, once as American as apple pie, is fast becoming obsolete in California, a result of strict new state nutrition standards for public schools that regulate the types of food that can be sold to students. The guidelines were passed by lawmakers in 2005 and took effect in July 2007. They require that snacks sold during the school day contain no more than 35 percent sugar by weight and derive no more than 35 percent of their calories from fat and no more than 10 percent of their calories from saturated fat.

The Piedmont High water polo team falls woefully short of these standards, selling cupcakes, caramel apples and lemon bars off campus in a flagrant act of nutritional disobedience.

�I know obesity is a big problem, and it�s good the school cares,� said Sam Cardoza, a senior who briefly became a successful entrepreneur last year when chocolate chip cookies were banned from the cafeteria. �At the same time, you shouldn�t stop a kid from buying a cookie.�
Christ on a corn dog... I can see keeping the provided school meals nutritious and possibly watching the content of the vending machines and providing healthy alternatives. Cutting out Bake Sales? Get real! Since this is a school, why not educate the kids to make healthier choices instead of instituting a draconian top-down nanny-state conformity. Naaa -- then the teachers would actually have to work for their living...

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