Sugar-Free School?

  • A school in Copenhagen has banned sugar (except for birthday treats ) for the past six months.

    Here's an article on it: http://www.cphpost.dk/get/93778.html

    What do you think? (besides the fact that the article is a poor translation into English... )

    As a former teacher, I can totally vouch for the difference when kids eat well...but I wonder how well this would go over in our schools. And if you ban sugar, shouldn't you also ban juice, white bread, etc.? Or would it work with just banning sugar alone? I'd think our white bread, sugar-laced PB, and jelly sandwiches have more sugar than a candy bar!

    Thoughts?
  • This is a great idea. I really hate the fact they have all that junk at school. Kids eat this stuff for lunch too. What is even worse is some of these companis pay to have their products in the schools. They should do this in all schools.
  • Having less junk foods in school IS great, but not everything can be fixed with sugar substitutes. I have to watch candy, gum, desserts, drinks, like a hawk to make sure I DON'T get any artificial sweeteners. I have severe IBS and that stuff make sme dry heave for about 4 hours and have diarrhea for a week. I even had to switch to an organic toothpaste because most of the toothpastes on the market use tons of artificial sweeteners. So is the school using artificial stuff, or are they actually doing fruit, honey, carob, things like that?
    oops, I could just read the article...
  • the school my youngest DS goes to has adopted this policy also. they are allowed to have pb&j and any type of 100% fruit juices, but there are no sugary drinks, cookies, candies etc allowed. for special occasions (birthdays, holidays etc) they are allowed to bring in sweet treats but they are saved until the end of the day and taken home. the teachers say it really helps
  • If you're interested in the reasons why schools should consider modifying the food they offer and what has (and hasn't) been done...check out the DVD of "Supersize Me" and the book "Don't Eat This Book!" Both have great information.