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Issue #60 -- School Lunches in the News
April 09, 2008

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School Lunches in the News - Issue #60


1) Vegetarian Choices in School Lunches
2) Healthy Eating Special
3) Healthy Recipe
4) Healthy Products and Services

Vegetarian Choices in School Lunches

Florida Schools recently added Gardenburgers, a brand of veggie burgers, to the menu. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is hailing this as a healthy option for school children.

But is it really?

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not opposed to vegetarianism and I don't think the typical school lunch program offers healthy choices.

What I am concerned about is the ingredients in the Gardenburger:

Cooked Brown Rice, Vegetables (Mushrooms, Onions), Water, Rolled Oats, Bulgur Wheat-Hydrated, Cheddar Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes), Wheat Fiber, Mozzarella Cheese ([Pasteurized Milk, Cultures, Salt, Enzymes], Nonfat Milk, Corn Starch, Natural Flavors, Annatto [Vegetable Color]), High Oleic Canola Oil, Salt, Parsley, Dried Garlic, Isolated Soy Protein, Vegetable Gum, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Soy Protein Concentrate, Milkfat, Apocarotenal (Vegetable Color), Soy Sauce Powder (Wheat, Soybeans, Salt), Spices, Citric Acid, Natural Butter Flavor, Natural Flavors, Annatto (Vegetable Color), Whey, Dried Onion, Dried Mushrooms. Contains Milk, Soy and Wheat.

The ingredients in red are the ones that cause the most concern:

Corn starch - Corn is one of the most common genetically engineered crops. If it's not organic, there is a high probablility that it is genetically engineered. The label does not state any organic ingredients. Not does it say that the ingredients are non-GMO.

Natural Flavors - This is a possible source of MSG. Any flavoring listed on a label can be a source of hidden MSG.

High Oleic Canola Oil - Canola oil is not a healthy oil. Most canola oil is genetically engineered. It is processed at extremely high temperatures, contaminated with solvent used for extraction, bleached, degummed and deodorized at high temperatures. It may be partially hydrogenated. It becomes rancid easily and depletes the body of vitamin E.

Isolated Soy Protein - Protein isolates are possible sources of hidden MSG. Soy is commonly genetically engineered (89% of the soy on the market). The only soy that you can be sure is not genetically altered is organic. None of the ingredients in the Gardenburger are organic.

Autolyzed Yeast Extract - MSG is ALWAYS found in autolyzed yeast.

Soy Protein Concentrate - Protein concentrates, like protein isolates, are possible sources of hidden MSG. See Isolated Soy Protein for comments on soy.

Soy Sauce Powder - See Isolated Soy Protein for comments on soy.

Spices - They may be fumigated and/or irradiated. No long-term studies to prove the safety of food irradiation have been done. The long-term health effects from eating irradiated food are unknown. You can only be sure that they are not funmigated or irradiated if they are organic.

The Gardenburger contains multiple sources of MSG. MSG is an excitotoxin. It excites your brain cells to death. In other words, MSG kills your brain cells. This is not something we should be feeding our children.

If this is disturbing to you, it should be. But there is something you can do about it.

Learn to read labels and learn what the ingredients mean. It's easy if you have a copy of Food Additives: A Shopper's Guide To What's Safe & What's Not This food additives guide will tell you whether the ingredients in the food you're buying are safe or if they can cause allergic reactions or other adverse effects, and much more.

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Red Pepper and Zucchini Medley

1 medium onion chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
6-8 mushrooms, sliced
1 red pepper, cut in 1/2-1" pieces
1 zucchini, cut in 1/2" slices, then quartered
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
Celtic Sea Salt to taste
Italian Herbs to taste

Saute onions and garlic in coconut oil for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and saute for another minute. Add pepper and zucchini. Cover and cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Add cilantro, salt and Italian Herbs, cover and cook for another 2 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit covered for a couple minutes before serving.

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Written by Christine H. Farlow, D.C.
Your Personal Online Healthy Eating Coach
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