A new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior confirms what many parents have come to suspect: nobody really packs a lunch box like the ones people post on Pinterest, no one. Researcher Alisha Farris, a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech University, led a team in evaluating the nutritional value of 560 packed meals for preschoolers and kindergarteners and 750 school lunches straight off of the steam table. Compared even to the lumps of random brown foodstuffs that pass for school lunch in this country, home-packed lunches had more calories, more fat, more saturated fat, more sugar, less protein, less fiber, less calcium, and less vitamin A.
An unnamed research assistant on the study stated, “I don’t know where these Pinterest moms are getting this stuff, probably from stock photos, because after unwrapping the first 250 lunches, I was ready to gag. I did not see a single star fruit face with blueberry eyes, not one pinwheel of turkey and low fat mozzarella wrapped in wheat flatbread, and no goji berries arranged in the shape of an American flag, just acres and acres of bologna and American cheese. Pinterest is, pardon my French, bullshit. That is French, right?”
Future studies will focus on whether the contents of Lunchables have less or much less nutritional value than the polystyrene trays they come in.