Now when I bought lunch when I was that age, I also bought rubbish, so I don't mean to sound too self-righteous. But it was a different *kind* of rubbish.
I used to get a luncheon and salad breadroll, a doughnut and a Zap (strawberry or chocolate flavoured milk) for $1. I still remember because I remember the day it went up to $1.05c and I had to decide which of my three faves I would not be able to buy that day. The same "meal" would cost at least $5 today. Not particularly healthy, but not Twisties and Mountain Dew like I saw kids consuming yesterday.
Now I wonder if these diets are contributing to all the problems I hear about schools...children getting bullied, children being bullies, teachers getting abused.
It has to have an influence.
The number of chemicals and nasty additives in food today is quite disgusting...and, noone has bothered to check what reaction a "cocktail" of these chemicals will produce. Nor has anyone (as far as I know) researched the effect on our bodies of consuming these additives often and over a long period of time (years).
I have read that the *entire* human population will react to msg at some particular dose. Some people, like us, react afer a very small dose- but the whole world does react, so why is it in our food? And what happens when half (or more) of a class have been eating the stuff for breakfast?
This is a great website for finding out more about msg in particular.
The "numbers" to avoid flavour enhancers like msg are
Glutamates incl MSG 620-625
Ribonucleotides 627, 631, 635Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein (HVP)
While you're at it, some other additives that are especially problematic, and very good to avoid are
natural colour 160b (annatto)
Nitrates, nitrites 249-252
TBHQ, BHA, BHT 319-321
ARTIFICIAL FLAVOURSNo numbers since they are trade secrets