Posted by: freshbakednews | June 26, 2009

Cupcake Wars

Recently there’s been a lot of debate over allowing birthday treats in schools.

In a country struggling with obesity at every turn parents have commented that we shouldn’t tempt children with additional sugary celebrations at school. After all, a normal sized classroom would celebrate approximately 25 birthdays a school year. Spreading that celebration across a calendar year would be the equivalent of approximately 1 cupcake every other week.

We can’t request children to consider the amount of exercise it’ll take for them to burn off the calories in a cupcake. We can, however, teach and show our children how important it is to make healthy choices in all areas of their lives.

Interestingly enough, Wish-Cake’s primary cupcake recipients are adults; not children. I believe responsible and healthy adults have realized that in addition to making healthy choices it is also important to enjoy yourself – in moderation. As adults we can be responsible for considering how much exercise it’ll take us to burn off a sweet treat as well as make healthy choices for ourselves in front of our children.

If you’re interested in learning more about how much activity it takes to burn off the calories of certain foods one resource to visit is Calorie King. Apparently, it takes approximately half an hour of swimming to burn off the typical cupcake. If your child is celebrating their own birthday or friends’ birthdays over the summer months perhaps pool parties may be an answer! Most children don’t ever want to leave the pool!

I happen to like cupcakes and for me the trade off of activity seems worth the occasional indulgence.



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