In a move that is sure to strike fear in every child’s heart, Santa Clara County (California) has voted to ban toys and other promotions that are commonly offered with high-calorie kid’s meals – often called by the McDonald’s moniker of Happy Meals.
“This ordinance prevents restaurants from preying on children’s’ love of toys” to sell high-calorie, unhealthful food, said Supervisor Ken Yeager, who sponsored the measure. “This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes.”
Please say it isn’t so… salt and sugar, two staples for most Americans, have been found bad for you. Really bad, and unless you’ve been living in a vacuum, it’s likely that you already know this. What’s interesting, though, is that now organizations like like The National Academies Institute of Medicine are coming out to say (link) that it’s so bad the government should get involved to set federal standards to limit the amount of salt that food manufacturers, restaurants, and food service companies can add to their products.