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Why Should Junk Food Be Banned From Schools?

Why Should Junk Food Be Banned From Schools?

Everybody loves junk food! In one point of everyone’s lives, people have been addicted to corn chips, potato chips and crackers. These salty but hollow snacks are great to munch on, lovely on the tongue and fulfilling in a way, right? Wrong! Junk foods are called as such because they are JUNK. And why do people still keep on munching these garbage when it is nothing but junk?

Most junk food has too much saturated fat and calories. Others have too much MSG or monosodium glutamate. These components if taken in large doses and in frequency can pose several health problems; one of which is obesity in children. This issue has been declared in an epidemic proportion and ways to improve the health of American kids, however little, are all in effect.

Former President Bill Clinton has sealed a deal with various food companies regarding this problem ‚ serving healthier snacks for kids in school. Different food magnates like Kraft, Campbell, Mars, Danone and Pepsi have agreed to restructure their ingredients and serve within the scope of what is considered healthy limit.

The healthy range is to have a maximum of 10% of weight as compared to calories from saturated fat, 35% maximum of weight as compared to calories from fat and sugar content cannot go beyond 35% as well. This agreement was settled by the Big 5 snack food companies, William Clinton Foundation and American Heart Association to create Alliance for a Healthier Generation last 2005. Spokesperson from the alliance have conveyed that it does not matter to them if they change the composition of their recipes as long as they won’t be able to pose a health threat to their consumers, especially the kids in school.

Now that is sufficient reason why junk food not included in the alliance must be banned from schools. This can lead to serious physical deficiencies in an unknowing kid. As a second home, school administrators must be conscious about how to protect their students from childhood obesity.


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