Category: School Lunches



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Have you ever thought of a Chocolate Chip Cliff Bar as a “healthy” snack?

Well, it actually has more than half of your daily sugar value. ONE Chocolate Chip Cliff Bar has 18 grams of added sugar. So if you eat 2 Cliff Bars, you have gone over the daily amount of sugar that doctors recommend that you eat — 24 grams.

So your healthy snack is not so healthy after all.


By: Kaylee R, Sophie B, and Dabney H



Is Motts Good For You?


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All of Motts commercials promote that a serving of juice is good for you and promotes healthy growth.

While the juice may be good, sugar-wise it isn’t. This drink has 28 grams of sugar. That’s a little over a day of sugar.  So one glass in the morning, and your done for the day. Most diabetics or people with insulin resistance can’t even have juices like Mott’s.

Most parents give their younger kids those juices because they are “healthy” but are you really helping your kid by feeding them so much sugar?


By: Maddy M

Gatorade vs. Powerade


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In the flood of new energy drinks, it is hard to keep track of all the sugar in them. In this comparison, we will be comparing two of the most popular brands; Gatorade vs Powerade!

Let the fight begin!

In the red corner coming in with 56 grams of sugar, is Gatorade Thirst Quencher! In the blue corner coming in with 28 grams of sugar, is Powerade!

Both of them are over the daily recommended sugar amount of 24 grams, but it seems like in this case Powerade is the winner!

Hold on a second; Let’s broaden our searches for a second match, to Gatorade 02. This type of Gatorade has only 18 grams per bottle. So, Gatorade 02 will be the best for you if you are looking for the least sugar in your drink.


By: Thomas K


The “Naked” Truth


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You thought all fruit and vegetable juice would be healthy for you, well you thought wrong!

Those bottles, those 15.2 ounce bottles labeled, “Naked Juice” claim to have no added sugar, which is true, but it doesn’t mean it has low amounts of sugar.  One bottle has 46.9 grams of sugar! That’s almost double the amount of sugar you should have daily. Granted that is mostly natural sugar, which is healthier, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t healthy for you.

You may ask why those juices are so unhealthy for you when they don’t even really fill you up. The reason is because when you juice a fruit, you lose the fiber content of the fruit but you still get all of the sugar. That’s why you can eat 2 apples and feel near full, but when you drink the juice of 2 apples you still want more.


Written By: Jadon W



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Have you ever been to a restaurant were they give you a cookie with your meals?

At some restaurants they have combo meal deals and some come with cookies. At subway they have cookies that you can chose to come with your meal, while you may not know that those cookies actually have 18 grams of sugar in one cookie. So, is your combo meal deal really a deal?


By:Lauren K.

Slide by :Matthew N.

The Cream or Cookie – It Doesn’t Matter

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Yummm… Don’t you just love Oreos?

Unfortunately, three Oreo cookies (serving size) has 14 grams of sugar! Because your body is only supposed to consume 24 grams of  added sugar each day, this snack takes up over half of the grams of sugar you’re supposed to consume a day! No matter if your cream or cookie, this treat is just too sugary.


by: Katie R.

Slide by:Matthew N.

Yoplait vs Chobani


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Yoplait is a silent killer.

Yoplait has 9 more grams of sugar than another popular brand, Chobani. Yoplait has 26 grams of sugar in a 6 ounce container, but Chobani has only 17 grams of sugar in a 6 ounce container.

So next time your mom says that you should have a yogurt because they are healthy, choose Chobani instead of Yoplait.


-Josh N.

Edited by Daniel C.

Sugar Sauce

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Have you eaten a applesauce recently, and thought that you’re eating something good for you?

Well, it’s not. In fact, in one cup of applesauce has 36 grams of sugar. You should only be eating a maximum of 24 grams of sugar a day. So in one applesauce cup there are 12 more grams of sugar than you should eat in one day.

That’s a lot of sugar! Next time you come across a cup of applesauce make the right decision and try an actual apple instead.


Krish P. and Matthew N.




Controversy With The Lunch Program

On  July 1st, 2014,  many schools in the U.S stopped selling unhealthy foods in the cafeteria and vending machines (see our School Lunch post).

Many students are unhappy with this change because they argue it limits their freedom. One student said “I don’t want junk food to be ‘outlawed,’ because as long as these snacks are eaten in moderation they can’t do any serious harm in our school.” That is true, but how many middle-schoolers are disciplined enough to eat junk food “in moderation” when given the opportunity not to? From the scene in our cafeteria it’s obvious that not many do.

So maybe it was a good idea to take away the junk food, and add healthy foods. Here’s what one student said, “If we have healthier foods, we tend to like them more over time.” Plus they are healthier in the long run. That would be a perfect world situation, kids eating healthy while enjoying the food they eat. But we all know we don’t live in a perfect world and the kids just don’t like the healthy foods the government is trying to force us into eating.

What is more important kids happiness, or kids unhappily eating healthy?


-Ried D.

“Yoplait Light VS. Yoplait Original” Who Will Win?!

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Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome to the Food Arena!

This is where foods face of to see which food is better than the other. Today’s fight is on Yoplait Light VS. Yoplait Original. Lets get started! Yoplait Original has 170 calories and Yoplait Light has 90 calories! It’s not looking good for Yoplait Original!

Yoplait Original also has a whopping 26g of sugar while Yoplait Light only has 10g of sugar! Its official folks Yoplait Light is todays Food Arena Champion!



Writing by Jay. S

Pictures by Conner D.