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Report: Food Companies Tweak Junk Food, Sell 'Healthy' Versions To Schools

| by Michael Allen

A new study claims that food corporations are making hundreds of millions of dollars by tweaking ingredients in junk food, and then selling their products as healthy foods to schools for lunches.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine recently released a report explaining how food companies sold about $500 million worth of products to the USDA in 2013, which resells it to schools. But the food has to be altered so that it can pass nutrition regulations set by the USDA.

Mother Jones reports that some of those changes include whole grain flour corn dogs, chicken nuggets free of antibiotics, pizza with whole grain crust and mozzarella sticks made of whole grain.

Many food companies buy ads in a magazine published by the School Nutrition Association (SNA), which reps food service workers who will choose which foods to buy for school lunches.

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The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine found that some of the 2014 ads were for healthy foods, but most were for junk food such as macaroni and cheese, corn dogs, chicken nuggets and pizza.

One ad by Domino’s included the blurb, "Help us take a slice out of cancer," even though processed meat has been linked to some cancer risks.

Sources: Mother Jones, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine / Photo Credit: Jon Sullivan/Wikimedia