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There's a new law being proposed in San Francisco which would ban toys being included with any with meals high in calories, fat, sugar and salt. And any meal that does come with a toy would have to have at least a half-cup of fruit and three-quarters of a cup of vegetables. Obviously, this is taking aim at fast food chains.
This is the way I see it: If you’re taking your kid to a fast-food chain, you expect that your meal isn’t going to be a healthy, organic one that you can brag about.
And that’s OK, as long as it’s not a regular part of your child’s diet.
Heck, the few times I’ve had to grab a Happy Meal at McDonald’s were because I was swamped with work and my husband was out of town. In those harried moments, I was grateful that the little toy in the meal kept my toddler happy until we got home to eat it.
Sure, I get what the law in San Francisco is trying to do. I know that some Americans take their kids to fast food restaurants more than once in blue moon. Fast food is the staple for some low-income familes because, frankly, it's cheap. Perhaps these kids aren't getting the proper nutrition at home most days. And I also know that the little plastic toys are a huge draw -- my mom says I used to beg to go to McDonald’s as a kid, just to get one -- but I think the government trying to force restaurants to serve fruits and veggies is not the answer. Serving a side of broccoli and apple slices along with a fatty cheeseburger isn't necessarily going to get a kid to eat the greens. In the end, it’s us parents who should decide what our kids eat, not the government.
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