Students in the Los Angeles Unified School District are quickly rejecting the newly imposed school lunch menus that included such items as black bean burgers, tostada salad, and fresh pears. The “healthy” lunch fare which complies with the USDA’s updated version of the Dietary Guidelines of America — represented now by a plate instead of a pyramid — was suggested by the Food Police to be the solution to all of society’s health problems.
But according to the Los Angeles Times, “There’s just one problem: Many of the meals are being rejected en masse. Participation in the school lunch program has dropped by thousands of students. Principals report massive waste, with unopened milk cartons and uneaten entrees being thrown away. Students are ditching lunch, and some say they’re suffering from headaches, stomach pains and even anemia. At many campuses, an underground market for chips, candy, fast-food burgers and other taboo fare is thriving.”
So the school district is reversing course and reintroducing student favorites:
“Acknowledging the complaints, L.A. Unified’s food services director, Dennis Barrett, announced this month that the menu would be revised. Hamburgers will be offered daily. Some of the more exotic dishes are out, including the beef jambalaya, vegetable curry, pad Thai, lentil and brown rice cutlets, and quinoa and black-eyed pea salads. And the Caribbean meatball sauce will be changed to the more familiar teriyaki flavor.”
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