How many rigorous scientific studies linking food additives and processed food to poor cognitive functioning need to be dismissed before the paradigm of pizza in school is toppled? Why isn't a vegetable a vegetable- rather than the closest rendition of one?
I love pizza. I admit it. It may just be my favorite food. And if I choose to give my child pizza once a week, I will do so. But when I send her to school, I expect that she isn't hearing the message "Eat your fruits and pizza to grow strong and healthy." Let's acknowledge pizza for what it is- a yummy filler food that has little in the way of nutrition.
Most of us would agree that the lettuce and tomato on your Whopper doesn't make it a healthy choice, right? Most of the problem isn't what pizza doesn't have, but what it does. Consider that most cheap school pizza is undoubtedly loaded with enriched flour, MSG, food additives, dyes, and low-quality cheese. Even if they were to add a layer of kale, the kids are still getting an unhealthy dose of things that are going to result in an insulin spike, and decrease their ability to function at their best academically. Maybe the best thing that could happen to pizza in schools is a tomato paste overload. They may skip the pizza and opt for the tomato instead.