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.

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

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.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »