Editorial: How The Cookie Crumbles
With every new Friday comes a new assortment of treats at the bake sale. The bake sale is something that is always looked forward to in the morning by students from every grade. Unfortunately, there are many foods that will no longer be served at this year’s Bake sale. The bake sale normally has its fair share of sweets, but this raises a concern about younger students having sugar before class. It turns out that there is a rule about certain foods being at the Bake sale such as chocolate and Rice Krispie Treats.
This isn’t a new rule. In fact it has been around for quite some time, despite there being plenty of sugary snacks at many bake sales last year. Apparently, last year’s group of XIIIs disregarded this rule while this year the rule is being enforced. This means no more Rice Krispies Treats, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and many more baked goods that we all love.
This rule was set in place to keep younger students from being unsteady in class and causing disruptions after ingesting sugary foods.
“It’s a bake sale, we’re supposed to sale baked goods, the majority of which are sweet. It’s not fair to limit so many aspects of what we can bring. The only thing that meets the given criteria is zucchini bread,” said Gitana Savage, XIIIs, when asked for input on sweets at the Bake sale.
“I think it doesn’t make very much sense and is relatively arbitrary,” said Allen Entrekin, XIIsP. “There should be a notice saying that it is sweet so little children and their parents do not get angry.” This was a solution suggested by an anonymous student to keep younger students from buying sweets at the Bake sale.
Cade Stow, XIIIs, said, “If something is too sweet, then people just shouldn’t buy it. It’s very simple.”
When asked what foods they considered too sweet, Ann Roberts, one of the XIIIs teachers, said, “iced cinnamon buns, chocolate brownies, chocolate chip cookies, Rice Krispies Treats, anything with icing and, or chocolate.” But of course she would say that because Ann agrees with the rule. Ann went on to say, “The reason that the rule exists is this: young children who eat sweet food at the beginning of the day can become hyper in their classrooms. That leads to disruptive behavior and very unhappy group teachers. Also parents feel unhappy about telling their young children that they may not buy sweet foods at the Bake sale. Those parents will keep their children away from the Bake sale rather than risk fights and meltdowns over the items that their children want to buy.”
3 out of the 23 students who replied to a survey said that the chocolate cake brought in recently to a Bake sale was too sweet. 16 out of the 23 students who replied said that nothing at the Bake sale was ever thought of as too sweet for them.
“I think we should be allowed to have frosting because everyone loves frosting and frosting can not give you a sugar rush because there is no such thing as a sugar rush,” said Mia Rutkovsky when asked what she thinks about sweets at the Bake sale.
While it may sound like what she is saying is ridiculous, Mia is correct. Sugar does have many downsides, but it is untrue that it can cause sugar rushes. This myth was widespread by Dr. Benjamin Feingold, an allergist, who created something known as the “Feingold Diet,” which said that by removing salicylates, sugar, from a child’s diet, it would prevent hyperactivity. In WebMD, this myth is debunked. “Sugar in the diet did not affect the children’s behavior.” Scientific research has also proved this claim to be untrue.
While it is important that young children do not consume too much sugar as to prevent cavities, C&C’s bake sales shouldn’t have a rule that prevents others from buying baked goods that they love. Older students have more self control and know when too much sugar is in fact too much. Only being able to buy banana bread, coffee cake, and blueberry muffins every week gets boring after a while and ruins the excitement of seeing what new treats the bake sale has to offer.