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Nov 17, 2011 07:34 PM

According to Congress, pizza is a vegetable

what's next? beer as a good source of whole grains?

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  1. Well, it's...more like a vegetable than ketchup is?

    1. Lest anyone wonder why our Keystone Kongress has a 13 percent
      approval rating. BTW, pizza is now a vegetable.

      1. Yum! I'm planting pepperoni pizza seeds, can't wait for spring harvest...

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        1. re: TrishUntrapped

          Is that a new hybird - or an heirloom?

        2. It's not pizza as a vegetable, it's the amount of tomato paste on it (or anything else) that is required to be considered a vegetable.

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          1. re: C. Hamster

            well obviously. no one's saying they consulted with expert botanists and horticulturists and have now officially classified it as a vegetable for scientific purposes. but the end result of the legislation is that when a schoolchild eats pizza for lunch, they've now supposedly eaten a serving of vegetables...even though they may have only consumed a teaspoon or two of tomato paste (which, BTW, is botanically a fruit anyway).

            it's like saying that the ice cream you ate for dessert counts as a serving of protein.

            1. re: C. Hamster

              Yes, quoting from the article:
              "Another provision bars the USDA from changing the way it credits tomato paste, used in pizza. The change would have required pizza to have at least a half-cup of tomato paste to qualify as a vegetable serving. Current rules, which likely will remain in place, require just two tablespoons of tomato paste."

              This thread subject line is a bit misleading. The 'now' implies that Congress made a change in how pizza is classed, or that some how kids will be served more pizza. What they have done is block a change. The Reuters headline is more accurate.

              1. re: paulj

                This thread subject line is a bit misleading.
                you're right, my bad. i've asked the Mods to edit it for me.

            2. Except that tomato is a fruit.........

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              1. re: wincountrygirl

                see my parenthetical comment above :) but that's an entirely separate discussion, and a point i've raised more than once. makes me nuts every time i see claims like the one from Ragu that states "2 servings of veggies in every half cup."