Fluff fight

Massachusetts will not ban school cafeterias from serving Fluffernutter sandwiches, reports the Christian Science Monitor. A bill making Fluffernutters — made from Marshmallow Fluff and peanut butter — the official state sandwich has been dropped. But the Fluff fight goes on.

. . . passions run high in Massachusetts about Marshmallow Fluff, a gooey sandwich spread little-known beyond the kitchen tables and cafeterias of New England. In the vacuum of summer, it has become a Rorschach test of what foods schools should serve to students and the state of nutrition in America.

. . . another brown bag mainstay, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, isn’t much better for kids. You could argue it’s worse. In two tablespoons of Fluff are 60 calories, 15 grams of carbohydrates, and 9 grams of sugar. The same amount of grape jelly contains 100 calories, 26 grams of carbs, and 24 grams of sugar.

Kids aren’t getting fat off school food, says a nutrition education coordinator. They’re getting fat snacking at home in front of the TV or computer screen.

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  1. Robert Wright says:

    Students learn about the mass-marketing of junk food in social studies and they learn about good nutrition in science class, but when lunchtime comes, they learn they don’t have to go far to experience the underbelly of capitalism.

    Ding-Dongs, chips and pizza are sold in schools because they make money.