Obsolete health advice in NSW schools
This is a good lesson in the folly of relying on governments. The "health" advice below is based on minimizing the intake of dietary fat and salt. That was of course conventional wisdom for many years.
Over the decades however, the research did not support that and current medical advice is that fat is actually GOOD for you and that it is sugar that should be minimized. There is however a lot of research indicating no harm from sugar. And the advice on salt is that it is only a deficiency of it that kills you.
So governments should get out of the health advice business. Their current advice is just an obeisance to fads. It is actually contrary to the best current scientific advice. It is nothing more than a parade of ignorance
SCHOOLS have been told to stop using butter in the latest NSW government crackdown on the food sold at canteens.
Banning or severely restricting fairy bread, Vegemite, schnitzels, pies and cream is also part of a dreary new regimen for kids.
“We can’t teach good nutrition in the classroom and then sell rubbish in the playground,” Education Minister Rob Stokes said.
Under a blanket regimen starting next year, public schools are being told they must not buy hundreds and thousands, butter, cream, salt, Nutella, icing and chocolate chips.
The war on fat has also spread to Vegemite, which may now only be used in “small amounts, lightly spread”.
Fattier foods such as schnitzels, bacon, hot chips, pies and other foods must make up no more than one-quarter of canteen menus — and they must be healthier versions.
New Education Department advice says these ingredients “should not be used in your school canteen”.
The department has prepared a list of meals it would prefer kids have, including hummus, rice paper rolls, a “veg-o-rama burger” and a bean and corn salad. It wants canteen menus to contain at least 75 per cent healthy food, and water should be the kids’ “main drink”.
“The nanny state is getting ridiculous — governments are interfering too much in our lives,” Liberal MP Peter Phelps told The Saturday Telegraph.