Yet more words on cupcakes appeared recently in the New York Times. It seems that the Cupcake Renaissance is also the Cupcake Problem:
As we know, cupcakes have had a whopping resurgence: they are retro-food chic, the thing to eat for people in the know.
But cupcakes have also recently been marched to the front lines of the fat wars, banned from a growing number of classroom birthday parties because of their sugar, fat and âempty calories,â a poster food of the child obesity crisis. This was clear when children returned to school this month to a tightening of regulations, federal and state, on what can be served up between the bells.
And it has led some to wonder whether emotional value, on occasion, might legitimately outweigh nutritional value.
Schools trying to bring parents to the table in efforts to root out fat and sugar have faced what Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University who strongly supports limiting sweets in schools, calls âthe cupcake problem.â
When included on lists of treats that parents are discouraged or forbidden to send to school â and when those policies are, say, put to a vote at the P.T.A. â âcupcakes are deal breakers,â Professor Nestle said. âIt sounds like a joke, but itâs a very serious problem on a number of levels. You have to control it.â
Read the whole story here.
USA Today also printed a (less alarmist) piece on cupcakes recently. Check it out here.
(Photo of Mr. Met with cupcakes from "What about the plastic animals?")
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