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The Great Chocolate Milk Debate

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In some schools across America, the great chocolate milk debate is now under way.

Last fall, it was about eliminating tater tots from school cafeterias. See http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39757142/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/t/ban-tater-tots-school-so-not-cool-kids-protest/

Now, chocolate milk is under fire.

According to Ann Cooper, director of nutrition services for the Boulder Valley School District in Louisville, Colo., "Chocolate milk is soda in drag. It works as a treat in homes, but it doesn't belong in schools." Cooper’s district has banned all flavored milks in their schools.

In an effort to decrease childhood obesity, schools have decided to eliminate flavored milk. The second largest school district in Los Angeles is hoping to ban flavored milk by the end of the year. Also, schools in Washington, and Berkeley, Calif. have already eliminated flavored milks from their school’s menus.

According to the Milk Processor Education Program, milk consumed in school is more than 70 percent flavored (chocolate or strawberry). Also, the Milk Processor Education Program stated total milk consumption decreases more than 35 percent when flavored milks are removed from schools.

According to ABC News, schools in Florida and West Virginia brought flavored milks back to the menu after pressure from state officials. However, in Virginia, the schools added a new and improved chocolate milk to their school menu. This new chocolate milk is sweetened with beet juice versus high-fructose corn syrup. Some medical studies have shown high-fructose corn syrup leads to obesity and diabetes.

In a joint statement, the American Heart Association, American Dietetic Association, National Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and School Nutritional Association said studies point out kids who drink fat-free milk are not heavier than non-milk drinkers.

Also, milk meets kid’s nutritional requirements with protein, calcium and vitamin D. In addition, milk has more than nine essential nutrients.

Here is a breakdown of grams of sugar in milk:
• Eight ounces of white milk has 14 grams of natural sugar (lactose)

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Chocolate milk may have more sugar than non-flavored white milk, but the juice that cafeterias serve have FAR more sugar than both combined!! Do you think kids will choose white milk over juice?? I can tell you from 2 years of experience working in an elementary school that they will NOT. At least when students are able to choose flavored milk, they are getting the calcium, protein and Vitamin D that they so desperately need! Juice only provides empty calories. Good luck to the teachers who get to deal with a classroom that goes through a collective sugar high and subsequent crash...

May 11, 2011 - 4:00am

There is a solution to this chocolate milk dilemma. MojoMilk (www.mojomilk.com) is an all-natural powdered chocolate milk mix that comes in individual stick packs. MojoMilk has 60% less calories than other chocolate milk and also delivers 10x more active probiotics than yogurt. The simple solution is to give this stuff to your kids and then they can have delicious and healthy chocolate milk!

May 10, 2011 - 7:27pm
EmpowHER Guest

Why can't schools choose what they serve? Do kids just get to do and have whatever they want now? There's more sugar in chocolate milk than there is in soda.

May 10, 2011 - 7:02am
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