To improve students’ diets, school cafeterias are serving healthier junk food. AP reports:
. . . fat and calories are being cut by furtively supplementing hamburgers with soy and subbing applesauce for shortening in cake.
. . . The faux-junk food push is the nutritional equivalent of making airplane noises while zooming a spoonful of food into a child’s mouth: a dressy distraction intended to get children to clean their plates.
One breakfast item sold to schools in West Virginia and across the country — deep-fried Super Donuts — are fortified with 5 grams of protein and 14 minerals and vitamins.
Some fear children will develop bad habits if they grow up eating not-so-junky junk food. But surely by the time they reach adulthood Woody Allen’s Sleeper will prove prophetic. If you recall, a health-food store owner wakes up 200 years in the future.
Dr. Melik: [puzzling over list of items sold at Miles’ old health-food store] … wheat germ, organic honey and… tiger’s milk.
Dr. Aragon: Oh, yes. Those are the charmed substances that some years ago were thought to contain life-preserving properties.
Dr. Melik: You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies or… hot fudge?
Dr. Aragon: [chuckling] Those were thought to be unhealthy… precisely the opposite of what we now know to be true.
Dr. Melik: Incredible!
Of course, they’ll probably be eating protein-fortified hot fudge.