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The Los Angeles Times reports that the Santa Clara, California, Board of Supervisors representing Silicon Valley will consider this week a proposal that would outlaw the inclusion of toys in kids’ meals with “more than 485 calories, more than 600 mg of salt or high amounts of sugar or fat. In the case of McDonald's, the limits would include all of the chain's Happy Meals — even those that include apple sticks instead of French fries.”

According to the story, “The proposed ban is the latest in a growing string of efforts to change the types of foods aimed at youngsters and the way they are cooked and sold. Across the nation, cities, states and school boards have taken aim at excessive sugar, salt and certain types of fats.”

The proposed ban is said to be the first of its kind.”
KC's View:
I’d be curious how many kids choose McDonald’s Happy Meals for the toys. I always thought it was the french fries.

I understand the impulse here, but I believe it is misguided. It makes far more sense to provide ample calorie, fat and sodium information about such foods, and to provide healthier alternatives. But after that, it is up to parents to choose where and how to feed their children, and to instill in their kids an appreciation of good food and proper nutrition.

I am no fan of McDonald’s, even though I occasionally will avail myself of its foods and when traveling will use its rest rooms, which usually are cleaner than the alternatives. But this legislation is silly ... and it gives the concept of appropriate governance a bad name.