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Got salad? Kids just say ick as lawmakers protect potatoes



10612654.jpegThe Obama Administration's push to make school lunches more nutritious is running into some significant roadblocks: Kids and senators.

Students in Florida schools, as presumably elsewhere, are turning up their noses at the thought of salad bars, squash soup and pumpkin chili, the St. Augustine Record reports

"I just like pizza," one St. Johns first grader told the a federal USDA food and nutrition deputy secretary as she urged him to "just try" some salad.

He might have found some support in the U.S. Senate, where potato-state senators are fighting a proposal to scale back starchy vegetables in school lunches. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said potatoes are offer great nutritional value at a low cost, the NY Times reports.

"Anything can be fried or drowned in any number of fats available to us as consumers," chimed in Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, suggesting the problems come in the preparation.

Whatever they do, they'll never control what comes in students' lunch bags from home. More baked french fries, kids? 

(St. Augustine Record photo)

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 6:27am]


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