Pizza's Days as 'Vegetable' Could Be Numbered
If Rep. Jared Polis and his SLICE Act have their way
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2012 7:24 AM CDT
Beware the SLICE Act, pizza lover.   (©Dottie Mae)

(Newser) – You may soon find it tougher to pack in a day's recommended number of vegetable servings. Rep. Jared Polis is on a quest to undo what some may consider to be the best thing Congress did in all of 2011: its declaration that pizza is still considered a vegetable—at least where school lunches are concerned. Pizza is currently granted that designation thanks to its two tablespoons of tomato sauce, and the Colorado Democrat hopes his SLICE Act (seriously) will change all that, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Polis' "School Lunch Improvements for Children’s Education" would adjust the math, so that pizza's 1/8 cup of tomato paste counted only as 1/8 cup of vegetables, rather than a full serving. "Pizza certainly has its place in school meals," says Polis, but he thinks we shouldn't equate it "with broccoli, carrots, and celery." The American Frozen Food Institute isn't too excited about the bill, noting it would "all but remove foods made with tomato paste from school cafeterias, in spite of the significant nutritional value offered by tomato paste."

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May 25, 2012 10:32 PM CDT
Stop wasting time and money in congress, and stop distracting from the real issues. Pizza is pizza regardless of how congress labels it. That's not going to change
May 24, 2012 10:17 PM CDT
If you're going to go there, you might as well declassify tomato as a fruit.
May 24, 2012 6:41 PM CDT
Well, I guess this could be one small improvement among the many that school lunches need. When I was in college we had some wonderful dishes in the dining hall, with fresh vegetables, fruits, and no mystery meat. It was still cafeteria food, run by Sodexo, but it was definitely good stuff. How much could it really be for us to provide something similar for public schools? It would probably only be a tiny fraction of the cost of a war, and the benefit it would have for students could make it pay for itself.