Food Is Not Your Enemy

Should Doritos, But Not Homemade Carrot Cake, Be Allowed at Bake Sales? Parents Stage Protest

In an effort to tackle the rampant problem of childhood obesity, New York City officials have decided that homemade baked goods should no longer be allowed at school bake sales. Bwuuuah?

Even weirder, what IS allowed are such processed, unhealthy foods as Reduced Fat Cool Ranch Doritos and Stacy’s Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips. Why? Because these products have nutrition labels and meet city Health Department guidelines on calories, fat, and sodium.

By banning homemade products, the city is, perhaps unintentionally, endorsing junk food made with such suspect ingredients as MSG and high-fructose corn syrup, ingredients you won’t see in any cupcake or muffin made by a parent at home. The fact that these foods come with a nutrition label does not make them any better for our kids.

Laura Shapiro, a food historian and author, told The New York Times that the city’s argument was “exactly the kind of thinking that sent us down the road of packaged, industrial junk food in the first place.”

Many parents are outraged by this new regulation, and are staging a “bake-in” at City Hall on Thursday in protest.