Norway council bans kids from eating brunost
A town in southern Norway has sparked a furore by banishing the country's beloved 'brunost', a type of sweet brown goat's cheese, from the menu at all of its kindergartens.
"Brunost contains so much sugar," Linda Jakobsen, who heads the local municipality's unit for young people told NRK. "Brunost may taste good, but it contains nothing that a child's body can make use of. Chocolate spread tastes good too, but we don't recommend that either."
"This is an insane suggestion," Tore Landbø, a local businessman in the Horten area, wrote in the comments section to the local Gjengangeren newspaper. "What kid has ever suffered from eating goat's cheese? And whose idea is it that children are healthy and strong, just because they are thin? No, let the kids get brown cheese and start doing more activity."
"We don't want not revolutionize food intake, but only normalize it," Jakobsen said, defending her decision "Parents are welcome to give their kids brunost at home, but then it's better that they don't get it in kindergartens and schools as well."
Dr Fedon Lindberg, a Bergen-based nutritionist, caused a similar stir when he argued in 2011 that brunost contained similar levels of fat and sugar as milk chocolate.
Brunost is not strictly a cheese, as it is made from the whey of goat's milk, rather than the curds.