Does pizza count as a vegetable?
According to Congress, it does.
Congress on Monday blocked an overhaul to the nation's school lunch program that would have cut the amount of potatoes served and would have changed the way schools get credit for serving vegetables only counting tomato paste on a slice of pizza if more than a quarter-cup of it was used, according to a story in The New York Times. The new regulations would also have cut in half the amount of sodium in school meals over the next 10 years.
“While it is unfortunate that some in Congress chose to bow to special interests, U.S.D.A. remains committed to practical, science-based standards for school meals that improve the health of our children,” the U.S. Agriculture Department said in the statement, according to the Times article.
The Times said the proposed changes—the first in 15 years to the $11-billion school lunch program—were meant to reduce childhood obesity by adding more fruits and vegetables to school lunch menus.
Representatives of the American Frozen Food Institute argued that the proposed changes would result in "massive new costs."
What do you think about pizza as a vegetable and the nutrition value of our nation's school lunch program?