This follows on the heels of my food rant from a few weeks back...
So remember me talking about the teachers who eat all bran and cottage cheese every day for lunch? Well, it DID look pretty healthy, so I decided to give it a try. You get the fibre, the protein and dairy, and with a pear or some strawberries on top, it's actually not too bad. So, I'm doing pretty good, right? I should be so lucky.
I actually had this conversation today....
Teacher 1: Ha ha, you've really converted people around here to this all-bran lunch!
Teacher 2: (laughing) Yeah!
Teacher 1: (pointing to the box of bran) And you've got the healthy kind, too.
Me: The healthy kind? There's an unhealthy kind of BRAN?!?!
Teacher 1: Oh yeah! All those other brands have sugar in them, and some are made with aspartame. That stuff is awful!
Teacher 2: Yeah, your body can't get rid of it and it bubbles up under your skin.
Me: Bubbles up under your skin?!?!
Teacher 2: Yeah, or something like that. I don't remember exactly, but it's bad.
Teacher 1: And it's been shown to cause cancer in lab rats!
Teacher 3: (my best friend at this particular moment in time for saying this) Yes, but they have also shown that ORANGE PEEL causes cancer in lab rats. You have to take those studies with a grain of salt.
Me: (in my head) Touche! Except of course, salt will kill you, too!
So there you have it. I bought a box of WHEAT BRAN. How much healthier can you get??? But noooo, apparently it's gonna make some chemical bubble up under my skin! Or something.
Oh yeah, and cantoloupes? You're supposed to scrub them with a vegetable brush under running water before you cut them, because it's the fruit most likely to give you salmonella. You're supposedly (according to the lunchroom ladies) at a higher risk of salmonella from a cantoloupe than from raw chicken.
My lunchroom 'education' continues. I think my eyes are going to fall out of their sockets they're rolling around so much! :P
For those of you who are going to caution me that aspartame really *IS* is bad, yes I know, I know, I know! It's always a general rule to avoid it. My incredulousness is the extreme that food choices are taken to!