Skip to comments.Chocolate milk stirs controversy in schools
Posted on 04/11/2011 7:28:36 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
It was once a staple of public school cafeterias that blended the indulgent and the nutritious, satisfying parents and children both. But chocolate milk is uncontroversial no more. Dozens of districts have demanded reformulations. Others have banned it outright.
At the center of these battles are complex public health calculations: Is it better to remove sugary chocolate flavorings at the risk that many students will skip milk altogether, missing out on crucial calcium and Vitamin D? Or should schools instead make tweaks less fat, different sweeteners, fewer calories that might salvage the benefits while while minimizing the downside?
However schools answer these questions, protest inevitably follows. When Fairfax County and D.C. schools banned chocolate milk last year from elementary lunch lines, officials heard not just from parents and students. They also received letters and petitions from a slew of nutritionists and influential special interest groups.
Most accused the districts of acting rashly, robbing students of a tasty drink and the vitamins and minerals that fuel bone and muscle growth.
We got 10 to 20 e-mails a day, said Penny McConnell, director of food and nutrition services for Fairfax. It was a lot of pressure.
This month and partly because of that pressure Fairfax officials announced that they would reintroduce chocolate milk in school cafeterias. The newer, low-fat version includes sucrose, which is made from sugar cane or beets, instead of high-fructose corn syrup, which some critics say is more heavily processed and, as a result, less healthy.
Such reformulations have satisfied some of chocolate milks critics. But most scientists and nutritionists, including those employed by local school districts, say that changing sweeteners makes little dietary difference if the total calorie content stays the same.
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Publik Skrewels Nanny State PING!
Nannyism sucks, no matter what form it takes.
As for me, I drink Half & Half (The hard stuff)
You should step up to heavy whipping cream and cocoa powder.
Chocolate is a vegetable, chocolate milk is a vegetable juice. Case closed. I need to go check on my stash of chocolate.
I am glad I am all grown up now. I would not have survived high school without my chocolate milk and donut lunch each day.
Sometimes I wonder how I ever made it through childhood. I guess it’s by the grace of God that I dodged the dreaded chocolate milk bullet.
I have tried heavy whipping cream, the fat content is the same as H&H but I didn't care much for it. Maybe adding the cocoa would help.
I make ice cream for the g/kids in the summer time and although the recipe calls for milk, whipping cream and H&H, I do not use milk at all, substitute more H&H instead.
My house is pretty popular in the summer time.
It is addictive!
Down side - A half gallon costs about the same as a gallon of regular milk.
Yes~! WE MUST SAVE THE CHILDREN from the horrors of .. CHOCOLATE MILK
There must be a deferal program to oversee the chocolate milk levels
and the salary for the 2500 employees should be at least 86K each
That will protect THE CHILDREN
My Dad was a Soda Jerk when he was a teenager. He bought one of the Hamilton Beach Malt Machines from his boss over 70 years ago, and we own it now and it still works like a charm. We had Chocolate Malts at least three times a week as far back as I remember.
My Dad just turned 88 and my Mother lived to be 80.
This Nanny State garbage just gets worse and worse. I have to wonder how I made it this far. I spent my youth riding in Cars with no seat belts or airbags. I rode my Schwinn Stingray everywhere and never had a Bike Helmet. I played with Mercury that was in the Chemistry Kit my Parents bought me. Both Paint and Gasoline contained Lead, but nobody had to tell me not to eat or drink them.
This country is full of helpless whiners. No wonder we elected an idiot like Obama who never did a hard days work in his life. What a shame.
Another well adjusted person! God bless you and your parents!
Someone will have to show me where Republicans do these sort of things.
Notice how it is only Democrats that tell us what to eat, what to drink, what to wear, what to drive.
Four dollars here in PA, for a half gal.
and worth every penny! :)
Roger that. I remember playing with liquid mercury several times all through school. I’m sure the chemistry set I had when I was ten is now illegal.
let’s see now, the kids can’t read at grade level, they have no idea of what geography even means, history is what happened last week, math is too hard to understand but they are going to be healthy, probably live forever, oh good....eternal dimwits, just what we need....more democrats
I love half and half but it is a once in awhile indulgence.
It’s about the same price here in central Illinois.
Also, the half gallon size is the largest I’ve seen.
I likes me some butter milk too but all I see it in locally is the dreaded “low fat” variety.
Ugh. Those critics would do better actually learning about how sugar is processed than trying to dictate what kids eat or drink. All sugar is heavily processed, whether it's sucrose or the nearly chemically identical high fructose corn syrup. It takes a LOT of processing to extract the sugar from the plant.
That's kind of beside the point, however. The principle guiding these nanny state liberals is that if a food is enjoyable, they must prevent its consumption.
I wonder if they can get the ‘Chocolate Milk App’ for the Ipads being handed out to kindergartners.
What about the protein? Without protein, there is no nutrition. People don't live on vitamins and minerals.
Try fat-free half and half. You’ll feel better about it and still have a tasty coffee!
I always fed my son ready-made chocolate milk. I figured it was better than him not drinking any milk at all. He is now a totally buff Marine. The Nanny State will be the end of all our freedoms.
You can have all the buttermilk. Yeccch!
My grandmother loved that stuff, for some indecipherable reason.
Milk isnt good for children anyway. Ban milk, period.
Single malt Scotch is low sugar and has no artificial
additives, sweeteners, colors, or preservatives. It is made
from 100% natural, organic grain and is distilled using a
renewable energy source. I say let the little bastards drink
IIRC, the mercuty in the CFL’s is actually a powder (compound) of some sort, meaning it can get everywhere if you break one of the things. The mercury you fiddled with was a liquid — easier to control
My Mother always bought Extra Rich Milk which made the Chocolate Milk a creamy delight. I don't think they even make Extra Rich Milk anymore.
It’s +2 Mercury that’s dangerous.
Thanks for the ping!
Milk that is slightly off flavor because of cows eating something that affects the flavor of the milk can be used in chocolate milk. Every so often, the dairy I worked would get 50,000 gallons of milk tainted with wild green onions. It happened in the Spring usually and we would use the milk in chocolate milk or buttermilk.
I'm getting very tired of the assumption that we all ought to be prim and proper and fit into some lefty govt conception of what we ought to look, behave and think like.
The last thing that I want to do is follow some bureaucrats idealization of what I should be like.
There is a time to conform and there is a time to not conform.
This is one of the latter parts.
My stockpile list continues to grow as everyday items will soon be VERBOTEN in what was once America:
Gold & Silver
Cigarettes (for bartering)
Toys for my future Grandkids
And we wonder why kids hate school.
I went to a Catholic Elementary School. Monday thru Thursday we had white milk but on Friday we had chocolate milk. We couldn’t wait for Friday to get here.
Also, on Friday, the milk company delivered about 20 extra pints. All of the Nuns,(Good Sisters of Mercy)would grab one of them and drink it while they watched over us at recess.
But....but....but......democrats are for the "little guy"!
That's because the think they are so small they can push them around.
So-called Republicans routinely vote for or authorize smoking bans and food-Nazi measures.
You need look no further than Mike Huckabee.
I like the way you think.
Two tablespoons of half and half, which I allow myself each day in my coffee, total only 40 calories. And I can attest to its life-affirming benefits. Everything in moderation.