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May 10, 2013 08:06 AM

NY Daily News - Butter Banned in NYC Schools

Cause everybody knows margarine is so much healthier! Just like artificial sweeteners.

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  1. This is really getting ridiculous!

    1. I'm just curious, how many schools were using butter? I'm guessing not many as margarine is cheaper.

      1. The parents need to take responsibilty for their children's eathing habits. Butter is healthier than margarine or anything artificial and ...oh..I'm just getting sick of all this policing of food from everyone. Everyone needs to be accountable for what they injest. That's it.

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        1. re: jarona

          This is for the ingredients used in food the school provides in its cafeterias, not banning parents from sending their kids to school with foods containing butter.

          Which is still weird, I have to admit, but not as overreaching.

        2. What I find odd is that school cafeterias can buy directly. It would be more efficient to have centralized buying for the entire district, I think. Butter might be rationed for economic reasons as well as for health reasons. And they may want more vegetarian options to accomodate students preferences.

          As for health, the peanut butter is the problem (if it contains sugar), not the butter.

          Eliminating sodas from schools was certainly the right thing to do, in my opinion.

          4 Replies
          1. re: GH1618

            I'm curious. Why is peanut butter a problem?

            1. re: fisher

              Because most peanut butter contains a lot of added sugar.

              1. re: fisher

                some children die in its presence?

                1. re: catroast

                  Specific allergies are a separate problem from nutrition.

            2. Here are the New York City Department of Education Nutritional Standards:


              I don't see anything wrong with having and enforcing standards. The only problem I have with this is its emphasis on fat instead of sugar.