The Top 5 Food Stories of 2011
3. Pizza Became a Vegetable
OK, obviously it didn’t really. But for a few weeks in November, a congressional battle over the nutritional standards for school lunches sure made it seem that way. The problem came down to tomato paste: the White House wanted to close a loophole that counted 1/8 cup of tomato paste as a serving of vegetables and Congress blocked that change (the normal standard for a serving is ½ cup). The practical upshot: a slice of cheese pizza can now be counted as containing a serving of vegetables. Our advice: pack your kids a nutritious lunch you make at home.
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