Sea Cliff Nutrition Committee. The Apple People

Sea Cliff Nutrition Committee. The Apple People

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Additive of the Week - Sugar

We're supposed to avoid added sugars but sugar in all its forms - sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, dextrose - is in most of the entrees and canned fruits served at our school including:

Most forms of Pizza (frozen pizzas have it and the ones we make do since we use the government tomato sauce which does.)

All pasta dishes with tomato sauce

Mozzarella Sticks

Chicken Nuggets


Peanut Butter

Turkey taco meat

All bread - rolls, sandwich bread, etc.

These are USDA commodity foods produced for school lunches -- and the sugar can really add up. For example, in our meatball heros there is added sugar in the meatballs, the tomato sauce and the roll it is served on.

A typical day at our school might serve chicken nuggets, corn, whole wheat bread and applesauce -- and every single item has added sugar.

Some items have a huge amount of sugar such as the "chilled" strawberries with 30 grams!

One more reason to always read the labels.


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