Michelle Obama was elected to nothing. Yet she is helping to decide what your three year old can and cannot eat, and she is taking away your parental rights and responsibilities to watch over and protect your child.
New rules stemming from the school lunch law championed by first lady Michelle Obama are banning popular children’s cereals like Frosted Flakes in daycare centers.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service issued a final rule Monday that will affect more than 3 million kids in daycare centers across the country. The regulation will only allow daycare centers to serve juice once a day, will ban fried foods, and encourages centers to not add honey to a child’s yogurt.
The regulation is a result of the 2010 law aimed at school lunches, a top priority of Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move anti-obesity initiative. The government hopes the new rule will “help children build healthy habits.”
The law required the USDA to “promote health and wellness in child care settings via guidance and technical assistance that focuses on nutrition, physical activity, and limiting electronic media use,” according to the regulation.
The final rule will apply to participating organizations in USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program, which reimburses centers for meals and snacks. Over 3.3 million children and 120,000 adults participate in the program every day.
Childcare and adult day care centers will only be allowed to serve juice once per day, and the new rule places strict limits on the amount of sugar in cereals served.
Breakfast cereals can “contain no more than 6 grams of sugar per dry ounce,” according to the regulation. The sugar limit means no Lucky Charms, Trix, Cocoa Puffs, Cap’n Crunch, or Frosted Flakes.
The final regulation does allow meat and “meat alternates,” such as tofu, if they are served “in place of the entire grains requirement at breakfast a maximum of three times per week.”
Also banned are flavored milk for kids aged two to five and fried foods.
Cheese, and yogurt, as long as it has fewer than 23 grams of sugar per 6 ounces. The first version of the regulation would have banned cheese, cottage cheese, and “cheese food, or spread.”
The regulation is intended to bring daycare centers in line with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which have generated controversy over the years. The latest version stressed a “collective” approach to eating, and reversed a decades-long recommendation for cholesterol, by deeming eggs OK to eat. The federal committee in charge of drafting the guidelines ultimately did not include sustainability in its final version, which would have added environmentalism and advocated for “plant-based diets” out of climate change concerns.
Other questions have been raised about the science behind the Dietary Guidelines over the years, including steering millions of Americans away from whole milk, despite studies demonstrating its health benefits.
It is clear that the government is going to control what little kids eat by making financial winners and losers of day care centers. It is also clear that there are underlying agendas, including catering to environmentalists and vegan proponents who have nothing to do with good nutrition and everything to do with their political and sociological hobby horses.
It is all the more maddening when we see the same meddlers trying to impose their will on capable and independent adults such as the military who should be able to manage their own lives without the interference of Michelle Obama and the government bureaucrats in Washington.
And of course the preposterous rules and mandates do not apply to Ms. Obama, her own children, and government elites, who are able to determine what they would like to eat, which invariably includes delicious treats like pizza and fried foods that the “common” people are denied. As another arrogant, self-important female politician once said, “let them eat cake!” Only in this case, Michelle is saying “let them eat sprouts” while she munches down whatever she wants. It is another way to show the people that they only have as much freedom that the government is willing to give them.