On “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, Kermit the Frog and Seth Meyers summed up most of the country’s reaction to a scant amount of tomato sauce on pizza being counted as a serving of vegetables in school lunches.
Kermit joined “Weekend Update” host Meyers in a segment called “Really!?! With Seth and Kermit” to make fun of a Congressional bill proposal that will ignore most of the recommendations the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made for school lunch guidelines. They manage to make some great points while still being very funny.
In reality, Congress has not declared pizza a vegetable like many outlets are reporting (and the above headline implies). Congress has simply kept the status quo. The tomato sauce on a school pizza is already considered a vegetable in the federally subsidized school lunch program. The USDA wanted to double the amount of tomato sauce required, but that was rejected. Also rejected was the attempt to restrict the servings of French fries and other starchy vegetables per week.