Tomorrow is NB's first day of kindergarten and I don't know if this is a local area thing or an all over thing, but a lot of our schools have started banning "junk" food. My brother's high school banned school "supplied" junk food a few years ago and replaced all the sodas in vending machines with bottled waters, gator aid, and that kind of thing. Same thing with the snacks. NB's school, despite a seeming obsession with chocolate milk, has done the same thing.
And it's not just school supplied anymore either. We decided to pack NB's lunch and snack most days because she is VERY picky. Example: If the school serves ham and cheese, she will refuse to eat it, even though she likes it because, "It's not the same as OUR ham and cheese." At her orientation we were given a packet of information, including a list of "acceptable" items for lunches and snacks. If she is bringing her own snacks we are responsible for making sure it is a healthy snack and the only drink she is allowed to bring for snack time is bottled water. The same goes for her lunches, except I can send juice or something in her thermos, but no soda or carbonated beverages of any kind.
A friend of mine, who's little girl starts K at another school got an even more detailed list. Only baked chips are allowed, absolutely NO candy or cookies or sweets of any kind, etc.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining really. I think it's pretty awesome that the schools in our area are starting to take an interest in nutrition, but really.... NO COOKIES??! Ever?
I kind of feel that if NB has a pretty balanced, solid, healthy lunch that it's not really harming her to throw in a couple of oreos now and again.
Do they do this at schools in your areas?
But in the end the question is this: What is the school's consequence of packing junk food?
For those of you who have researched this: is regular sugar or fruit-based sugar just as bad as high fructose corn syrup and refined sugar for the crashing, etc? It seems to me there's a long way to go between, say, a juice pop and an otter pop, but I haven't looked into it at all, so I dunno.
I haven't read research about, say, the difference between regular refined sugar and HFCS. Kids who are addicted to sugar (and frankly grown-ups -- they exist. Hi!) will get their fix however they can, whether it's cinnamon toast, reduced-sugar jam, or a Snickers bar. Even artificial sweeteners, according to what I've read, act the same neurochemically as regular sugar to kind of keep the person addicted.
I can tell you from our experience that when the Dragon needs a fix, giving him fruit juice, or just fruit, takes care of the need but avoids the blood sugar spike later on (which causes the fix/crash/fix/crash cycle) because it's not as refined so it releases into the bloodstream slower than refined sugar like candy or cookies. But then we need to get protein into him (and actually need to keep him proteined all day long) and it gets better. Just this morning, he had too little protein with breakfast, sugar-crashed around 10:00 a.m., and had a huuuuuge meltdown for about a half-hour -- begging, screaming, kicking, crying for cookies. Knock-down drag-out. I offered him strawberries (no go) and a protein bar (no go). When he finally calmed down enough to eat half of the protein bar, suddenly he said, "I feel better, Mama," and we could go on with our day.
It's partly a blood sugar spike-and-crash issue and partly a neurochemical issue. The book that I got a lot of this from is Little Sugar Addicts. The author, who also wrote Potatoes Not Prozac for adults, ran an adult inpatient alcohol recovery center and in doing her PhD research found that, in some people, sugar produces the same neurochemical reaction as heroin. So ... yeah, for those people, it's pretty serious and highly addictive.
kommishoner said:For those of you who have researched this: is regular sugar or fruit-based sugar just as bad as high fructose corn syrup and refined sugar for the crashing, etc? It seems to me there's a long way to go between, say, a juice pop and an otter pop, but I haven't looked into it at all, so I dunno.