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I just read the following in an article on Mental floss:

In 1981 the Reagan administration was searching for ways to cut school lunch costs while still providing students with the full nutritious lunch consisting of milk, meat, bread, and two servings of vegetables. USDA bureaucrats hit on the idea of counting ketchup as one of the servings of vegetables under the logic that ketchup was cheap and kid-friendly.

It might be a well-known story for Americans but to Europeans that is quite interesting.

Reagan was probably misunderstood: he just loved children and didn’t want to see them suffer from the evil broccolis and zucchinis. Or maybe it was a long-term strategy to turn children against their parents and convert to Republicanism.
I should never tell my boy this story or he may become a Republican. He loves ketchup a bit too much.
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