Nutrition Advice for Kids: 1971 vs Today
I have a groovy nutrition booklet for kids from 1971 called Mystery at the Food Power Tower published by the "National Live Stock and Meat Board." Other than a creepy clown that prohibits adults from entering the tower with their children (and parents who entrust them to the clown), it offers some sensible, straight-forward advice to kids about eating healthily.
Each floor represents a different food group that the clown explains to the kids.
My personal favorite is below where the clown clearly advise kids about not eating too much sugar. Click to see the full size:
I was curious about how that would compare to advice today. I went to the CDC website for kids and found this section that mentions sugar:
"So, while everyone enjoys a treat now and then, just make sure they don't start crowding out all the other things you need to eat to feel and look your best" That's pretty vague, in my opinion. Also, this recipe for kids is supposed to be healthy?!
I can see no good healthy reason to add 1/4 cup of sugar to a sandwich recipe! Also, if they want to offer calories alongside this then they need to be specific about ingredients. For example, "one pound of cooked chicken" could be dark meat with the skin on, or fried. That would definitely alter the fat and calorie content! But the government tells kids they don't need to count calories, anyway:
A calorie is a way to measure the energy that comes from food. Like all living things, people need energy to grow, develop, and keep our bodies running. We get this energy from food and drinks. So, should you "count calories?" Nah. It's easiest to just follow a healthy eating style and pay attention to your body.