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Another Monday: 'Nutritional Hypocrisy'

Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts selling pro-obesity food for fundraising!. Unbelievable! Have they no scruples?

This really gets me!!! In the coffee room at work, there is a bag of popcorn treats—snack food with photos of a Boy Scout and Cub Scout along with other information about scouting on the back. So, I assume that this is sold as a fundraising item by the scouts. It's made by Trail Ends and called "Chocolatey Triple Delight," weighing 1.25 pounds.

There is a picture on this "treat" on the front of the bag, but it was difficult for me to discern what was inside. I had to read the ingredients. It turns out to be popcorn with drizzled white frosting and dark areas, which I guess is the chocolate. Now, most of us know that popcorn by itself is a relatively healthy snack, right? But is it with this frosting and chocolate? I DON'T THINK SOOOO!

So, let's look at the ingredient list. The first item is—SUGAR !!!

Followed by Corn syrup, then popcorn in the No. 3 spot, followed by a bunch of other "stuff." Ooh, titanium dioxide coloring—likely for the white frosting. That's used in paint products too! Then jump up to the percent per serving— 1/2 cup contains 85 mg of sodium, calories from fat—30, saturated fat—2.5 grams!!!

I barely know what to write. This stuff is disgusting! What about obesity in this country? This product certainly sabotages that existing condition!

Who the heck sold this item to the scouts for fundraising, and what scout leader bought it??? They both should be ashamed.

I think scout troops should stick with car washes and such, and not give any money from their fundraising efforts back to companies selling this junk food! Supposedly, 70 percent of sales go back to local scouts.

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Becca S January 15, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Pro-obesity food? Why don't you tear apart the Girl Scouts for their generations of cookies, and every high school band member for their "band candy"? What about school bake / cookie mix sales? It's up to the individual (or parent) to ensure these goodies are enjoyed in moderation. Food is neither good nor bad, it's food. Shame on the Boy Scouts? Doubtfully. ..."This really gets me".
In Dog We Trust January 15, 2013 at 02:55 AM
We aren't eating it all day every day for goodness sakes.... get a grip. What are you the fundraiser police? Why don't you go down to the church where they convene and PICKET those 10 year old hypocrites!!! How dare they try to make a dollar to clean up the woods, clean the cemetarys, build benches, save the animals, and help their community! The GALL of them!!!
deb of see-attleboro January 15, 2013 at 11:11 AM
Even though his tone is "a bit" harsh, I agree with Steve. All organizations, not just the scouts, should be very thoughtful and deliberate when picking out fundraising activities. Maybe these organizations should get paid to clean up the woods, cemeteries, build benches etc. But I suppose that would be just plain wrong:)
In Dog We Trust January 15, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Wouldn't THAT be something!! But....getting paid would probably defeat the purpose of teaching the scouts (girl or boy) to be proactive in their community JUST BECAUSE its the right thing to do. The fundraising is to send them to camp in the summer where they experience the importance of sportsmanship, preserving the earth, brotherhood, fellowship and the community. It also pays for Merit Badge college where they actually get "credit" toward becoming a smart and productive person in the community, that in turn helps us all. To pick on a stupid package of popcorn was just ridiculous to me. They have many many other fundraisers, not just popcorn. If you don't want it, don't buy it.
deb of see-attleboro January 15, 2013 at 07:36 PM
I think much of the fundraising goes to the structure and bureaucracy (Payroll, insurance, fixed costs etc.) of the organization. Not that there is anything wrong with that. However, i think Steve was pointing to the hypocrisy of having kids push poison to raise money for what may be a good cause. I doubt the kids have a voice in the matter, though. And I am sure their are many parents who do not appreciate being involved in certain fundraising activities on moral grounds. As for "paying" for the great services the scouts provide. i see no harm in exploring the possibility of businesses and individuals sponsoring troops to do public service. No offense, guys, but have you ever been to a church, cheerleader or scout car wash?
Steve Hopkins January 16, 2013 at 03:23 AM
Ooooh debby - thank you. I was not attacking all the cub scouts and boy scouts - probably the regional leaders =- or perhaps higher up the 'food ' chain. for accepting this and likely similar products to use for fund raising. So Becca and In Dog - you both sound like attack dogs!!! there is so much talk about the need for good nutrition, eating habits and obese kids ( never mind all the chubby adults) that I am incredibly surprised that you two would seemingly approve of this product. are neither you aware of the obesity issues in this country??? I was also attacking the company that came up with this bag of 'junk food' and sold it to the Boy Scouts of America. Both organizations should be ashamed of themselves. And...one more thing ...I was a Boy Scout, Asst Scout Master, staff at Camp Yawgoo for several years, an Eagle Scout and earned the Order of the Arrow. So...kindly chill! I don't who is selling this crap food..even Mother Theresa! I'll buy a candy bar perhaps, but that's it. And none of that junk in those catalogues that kids come home from school with.
Steve Hopkins January 16, 2013 at 03:23 AM
The scouts should be doing 'volunteer 'work and not be paid for it. Perhaps there are some activities that they could do for 'contributions to the troops camp fund. Yes, car washers are a great activity and money raiser. As for the Girl Scouts, I'd rather give a check to the troop than buy expensive cookies. That way, obviously , they get 100% of my donation. Several years ago I was very surprised at how little they receive back from each box! So...becca and In Dog you really should get on the correct 'band wagon' to promote healthy eating habits and wise buying decisions. thank you for understanding or interpreting my words for the other two!
In Dog We Trust January 16, 2013 at 04:23 PM
If you don't like it, don't buy it. I don't need your dissertation on snacks, but I understand that I don't have to read your "blogs" either.
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) January 16, 2013 at 04:36 PM
I see CNN got an idea for a story from Steve's blog: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/16/health/xtreme-eating/index.html?hpt=hp_c1
Steve Hopkins January 16, 2013 at 09:52 PM
i didnot and would not buy it. why have school menus change over the past few years. there is an obesity problem in this country and products like this should not even be made, never mind sold! Plus it is very expensive, ridiculously so! So 'InDog' I can't understand your feelings that it's OK to sell this junk food . would you , or perhaps you did, buy this for your kids just because it it a fund raising item for the Scouts. Don't buy this stuff and encourage them to try something more prudent. Geeez!
In Dog We Trust January 16, 2013 at 11:32 PM
I'm a terrible terrible mother, I buy cookies from the Girl Scouts too. Maybe 2 boxes a year. You are insinuating I don't take care of my children now? You are exhausting and have to have the last word in every single post. So go for it. I'm done with you.
Chris January 17, 2013 at 04:53 AM
The obesity problem in this country isn't the food. It's the parents. You can change all you want about eating healthy food, banning junk etc.... blah blah blah!!! What needs to change is the fact that both adults & children need to move their behinds off the couch, instead of sitting in front of the tv, computer etc. People can indulge in a junk food, but in needs to be in moderation. People are not making home cooked meals & eating as a family, everything is on the go. Today I watch my child's soccer practice, the coach had them run 4 laps around a small area of the gym (the other half was being used by another team) there were at least 3 of them that were out of breath & stuggling to do the last lap. Back in the day, these laps would have been a breeze. So selling popcorn, girl scout cookies or selling baked goods are not going to make a person obese, what will make you obese is your lack of movement.
Steve Hopkins January 17, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Chris - good points, but this bag of 'popcorn' that Packs and Troops were given to sell is just pure junk food. If it there they will eat it. Parents buy and let their kids eat it, well that is part of the problem also, as you have stated. My primary irritation was that some company made this product and sold it for fund raising and then the Boy Scouts of America bought into this fund raising product - or perhaps a series of products from that company. Schools are changing menus and removing certain snack foods. Don't put this stuff before the kids and they won't be eating it. Just do not make it available. But the parents need to help guide the change to eating healthier. Many do not. they have to just say NO!
Roxanne Houghton January 26, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Steve: Didnt know how else to reach you.............. The Golden Retreiver has been caught - thought you would like to know. Thanks for caring!
In Dog We Trust January 27, 2013 at 01:43 PM
I believe she was caught in the back of his yard Roxanne!! :)
Steve Hopkins January 28, 2013 at 01:03 AM
debbie set up a trap in my front yard. She, Bella, decided to come around for some more food, must have smelled the 'turkey dinner' that Debbie had! this was after dark that Deb got her.

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