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U.S. Congress Says Pizza is a Vegetable

U.S. Congress Says Pizza is a Vegetable

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  • Presently, the tomato sauce on a slice of pizza qualifies as a serving of vegetables in school cafeterias; the USDA proposed guidelines that would have <i>raised</i> the amount of tomato sauce required to qualify as a vegetable, thereby removing pizza from the “vegetable” list -- but Congress vetoed them
  • Congress also vetoed provisions that would have limited the use of starchy vegetables (i.e. French fries) in school lunches
  • Food companies, including those that produce frozen pizzas for school lunches, and potato growers lobbied against the proposed changes
  • Manufacturers of sugar-laden processed foods pay "rebates" (aka "kickbacks") to food service companies that serve school districts across the United States, which likely contributes to their reliance on heavily processed foods like muffins, pizza, tater tots and flavored milk in lieu of fresh produce

By Dr. Mercola

In case you weren't aware, you can eat a few slices of pizza and a couple of orders of fries and reach your daily requirement of vegetables!

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