Reading List: No Cal Noodles, HFCS’s New Name and No More Birthday Cupcakes?!

by in Food News, September 17, 2010
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Tell Us: Should Birthday Cupcakes Be Banned From Kids' Classrooms?

In this week’s nutrition news: Markets hire dietitians to help shoppers, a controversy over cupcakes in the classroom and high fructose corn syrup petitioning for a new name.

Banning Birthday Cupcakes
The battle between cupcakes and carrot sticks is raging in schools around the country, but one school took a radical step:  A principal in Redford Township, Michigan banned cupcakes from the classroom.  Her reasoning? Not only are they unhealthy, but they also take time away from learning. But it’s not an all-out sweets ban: cupcakes are still allowed in the lunchroom.

TELL US: Do you think cupcakes should be banned from the classroom?

High Fructose Corn Syrup Petitioning For New Name
High fructose corn syrup has been banned from foods around the country, and many associate the refined sugar with over-processed foods. So what’s the Corn Refiners Association to do? Change the sugar’s name! They filed a petition with the FDA to change the name from “high fructose corn syrup” to “corn sugar.” The group hopes the change with help consumers feel better about product, but don’t be fooled: no matter the name, high fructose corn syrup is still highly processed.

No Cal Noodles
I’ve heard of no-carb noodles, but this Japanese brand of noodles (appropriately called NoOodle) are not only carb-free, they’re also calorie, fat and gluten-free. Sound too good to be true? These fiber and water-filled noodles are made of yams and have been eaten in Asia for centuries. Food manufacturers are now bringing these noodles to Western markets, where you may see them popping up very soon. Although they’re flavorless, they smell has been described to be squidlike out of the box but disappears under running water.

TELL US: Would you try these no calorie noodles?

Trayless College Cafeteria
In an attempt to become more eco-friendly, students at the University of Iowa decided to ditch cafeteria trays. Getting rid of trays, helps reduce food waste, since students can’t take as much food at one time. Trayless dining also has dietary implications: Students tend to eat only what they can carry. If they’re really hungry for seconds, they can go back for more food. Still no word if it will help students the infamous freshman 15, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction!

Dietitians Assist Food Shoppers
A recent survey by the Grocers Association found that 77 percent of shoppers would like a dietitian to help them make healthier choices. In response, many grocery stores throughout the country are now offering this service. Dietitians review shopping lists and help customers make healthier choices.

TELL US: What would you ask a dietician at the supermarket?

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

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Comments (10)

  1. Gwen says:

    I don't think cupcakes should be banned from the classroom. The learning environment should be fun – allowing for a special treat or celebration 20 or so days across the year. It bonds the kids, gives them something to look forward to now and again, and allows each child to be "special" for a few minutes out of the day on their birthday.

    Healthy eating is so important – but rather than banning cupcakes and the fun that goes with them from the classroom, I feel the emphasis should be on much higher quality cafeteria foods. Everything is processed, packaged, heated up, offered to the kids, and gobbled up – not necessarily because the kids even think it's good – but because they are hungry and it's what's for lunch.

    Keep the cupcakes – surely there are more important issues to worry about in the school system!!

  2. Rebekah says:

    I agree to some extent. I can see how they can be considered a disruption to learning, but I still think that children should have that sweet something to look forward to as a bonding experience between their classmates. Maybe if the cupcakes were taken to and served in the cafeteria so that afterward, when the children return to the classroom it still feels like a learning environment.

  3. Gina says:

    good idea!

  4. Sarah says:

    Just curious about the No Oodle noodles.

    Their website provides nutritional information. This pasta has no calories, but ithave no nutritional value either. No Vit. A, Vit. C, Calcium, Iron, Protein, Fiber… Your generic pasta brand offers some protein, fiber, and iron. Enriched pastas and whole wheat versions offer even more nutrition.

    Is it better to eat a no-calorie, nutritionally lacking filler than to eat a pasta that has calories and offers some sort of nutrition?

  5. There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also.Keep working ,great job!

  6. Milda Gliues says:

    There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also.Keep working ,great job!

  7. Nice read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch since I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!

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