Why, at a caring event such as the backpack giveaway, would Sunny D and doughnuts be present? It’s time to wake up. The word malnutrition means poor / inadequate intake of nutrients. It used to primarily refer to those who were underfed. The malnutrition issue in America today is that people are overfed nutrient-poor foods.
Obesity is an epidemic with rampant sugar and fat consumption paired with low fiber intake and a sedentary lifestyle as main causes. Obesity leads to diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, nerve damage, loss of mobility and a need for dialysis. Childhood obesity is particularly difficult to overcome.
Sunny D isn’t juice. Its juice flavored sugar water containing corn syrup (a highly processed sugar product made from corn), artificial sweeteners, preservatives and dyes. A worse choice could hardly be made. Doughnuts are sugar, fat and white flour. Frosting is more sugar. Foods and drinks like this feed bacteria which rot teeth and gums.
This “breakfast” lacked any nutrients of value and exceeded the recommended sugar intake for the entire day. Realistically, it’s unlikely that this was the only sugar consumed that day. Treats, snacks, and sugary foods and beverages are not an occasional indulgence anymore; they are voraciously consumed by many people all day long in place of healthy nutrient-rich foods. The declining health of the general population and food industry data prove this. This fact needs to be taken into consideration when choosing foods to serve to others.
There’s also the psychological imprint made on the minds of the kids that day. New backpack, doughnuts, happiness. This is really not a healthy linking that will lead to positive choices in the future.
How about a bran muffin and a piece of local fruit next time? Water is the best beverage for the human body and straight out of the drinking fountain will avoid the waste of single-use cups and bottles.
— Caroline Fynan