Congress now considers pizza a vegetable
by EMILY FODOR
Many organizations are pushing for healthier options in school, meanwhile, Congress is declaring pizza a vegetable, in essence. Something wrong with this situation? I believe so. Our whole country has now become a contradiction.
Technically, the tomato paste is considered a vegetable. In a controversial decision, Congress continues to declare 1/8 of the paste as equal to almost a half cup serving of vegetables. The problem with this is that there will be less funding for vegetables and fruit in school if they accept part of pizza as a vegetable.
I find this typically contradicting because federal mandates are removing french fries and other high-calorie foods from cafeterias while sweets like Gushers and chocolate-chip cookies remain. Which reminds me of the Reagan administration’s attempt to declare ketchup as a vegetable back in the 80’s. Where are the heads of our country’s leaders at? Well I’ll tell you, they’re in the tomato garden.
You know, it’s not a problem I have with my favorite food, pizza, now being considered healthy. My problem relates to my ice cream sundae not being referred to as healthy when it has a fruit (cherry), dairy (whipped cream), and grain (waffle)! Looks like I have all my food groups covered with those two meals, now let’s hope I don’t contribute to America’s 17% of children/adolescents. No promises.