Twilight Zone of Junk Food

Indian-like Heart Mandala

Heart Mandala by Tali

My first daughter’s school, (“Scottsdale Academy of Arts,”)a half Montessori-style beautiful school with a ballet school inside it, wrote that the day’s snack was fruit. When I came midday unexpectedly, which most parents never did at this school, I saw the children sitting around the table eating life savers type of candy that was fruit flavored. That is what they called fruit snack. This was not the first time. And it was not the only school.
Apparently a lot of schools advertise that they give fruit snacks. But to save money, the fruit is just candy that is fruit flavored. It never even fell near a fruit. This candy is as opposite of healthy as it gets. It’s poison. The school bribes the children because they only care to keep things easy and happy while the children are there. They don’t care about the long term damages that they do to all the children.
They teach their taste buds to like something that they initially didn’t even like. They teach them that poison is a treat. They teach them to eat junk socially together instead of real food. They certainly don’t teach them what they advertise and what I pay for.
At such a young age, children will eat whatever you put in front of them. They learn from imitation. You can teach them to like anything healthy that you want. All the pre-schools, no matter how expensive, can be corrupt in this way and secretly give out the junk. Sometimes other parents bring it to save themselves money, too. There is so much to watch out for in this battle against the junk food.
The next time you place your child in a pre-school, ask about their junk food policy. Don’t believe them. If you can drop by in the middle of the day, you will see what really happens. It’s nearly impossible to do for working parents, but it’s one way to battle this. It’s just the first battle against the junk. It gets even more difficult as they age.
I need the state to make stricter regulations. Maybe if there was a junk food whistle blower website that parents could use… But who wants to ruin a business that is overall contributing to the community? So it’s up to the business owners to be more educated and conscientious and firm with other parents, and it’s up to stores like Costco to offer bulk healthy options for schools. I am open to any suggestions on this subject.
Right now, I feel like I live in the Twilight Zone of Junk Food. The entire universe thinks that it’s okay to serve it as a snack in all pre-schools. Nobody is really addressing this issue because the schools are private. Nobody is doing anything about it. And children grow up demanding junk instead of tomatoes by the time they reach K.

I send a big, nutritious HeartMark to all and please look for food that you love that is good for you through the heartmark!
HeartMark Health logo with the heart hand gesture invented by Tali Lehavi

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