Pizza As Vegetable, and Bring On the Sodium

Abby Zimet

Last time we looked, that was not this.

Showing their usual priority-setting acumen, House Republicans are fighting proposed new USDA nutrition guidelines for school lunches, arguing that the smidgen of tomato paste on pizza should count as a vegetable (as it does now!?) and that bucketloads of fries and salt are just fine for our nation's youth, thanks, even if escalating obesity rates did cost the nation $147 billion in medical costs last year. Coincidentally, it seems the changes were requested by the frozen pizza, salt and potato industries.

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