Is Vegetarian School Menu a Solution to Pink Slime and Child Obesity?

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Our Monday green news bring you the latest on nutrition, good causes and child education:peanut butter benefits, breast cancer prevention

  • Vegetarian school menu might be a solution to pink slime and child obesity: In response to the national pink slime scandal, some schools took action in their own hands. Public school PS244 in Queens, N.Y. is the first one in the nation to offer a 100 percent vegetarian lunch menu. Its 400 students can choose from options like organic roasted tofu, braised black beans or falafel. And the result: the number of overweight and obese students at the school dropped by 2 percent after one semester and keeps falling. School officials have also reported improved attendance, higher test scores and better attention spans. According to EcoWatch: “Students also attend weekly nutrition classes where they learn about making smart food choices.”
  • Why girls’ education in Africa matters: In many African countries girls are excluded from formal education, which has further health and economical consequences. Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund provides scholarships for African girls at all levels, because women are the key to ending the cycle of poverty. Why? Girls’ education leads to improvements such as higher incomes, delayed marriage and therefore fewer children, healthier families, reduced HIV/AIDS risk and overall less poverty.
  • Healthy snacks can reduce future risk of breast cancer: Healthy snacks including whole apples, peanut butter and low-fat milk might not only provide good nutritional balance to developing bodies, but also reduce future cancer risk. According to recent research from Cornell University, several studies showed the benefits of apples in preventing the growth of cancer cells, mainly the antioxidants found in apple peels. Another study published recently in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment reported that regular consumption of peanut butter in childhood was tied to 39 percent lower odds of benign breast disease by age 30. And according to a Kaiser Permanente study, estrogen, found mainly in the fatty portion of dairy products, is linked to higher incidence of breast cancer cell growth, therefore a low-fat dairy products are a better option.
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