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Chocolate milk stirs controversy in schools
The Washington Post ^ | April 11, 2011 | Kevin Sieff

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 milk’s 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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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: bans; chocolatemilk; cornsyrup; fairfax; health; hfcs; nannystate; nutrition; publicschools; sugar; washingtondc

1 posted on 04/11/2011 7:28:40 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Eric Blair 2084; paltz; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; ...

Publik Skrewels Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 04/11/2011 7:31:27 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Follow me on Twitter @mpetrie98)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Nannyism sucks, no matter what form it takes.

As for me, I drink Half & Half (The hard stuff)


3 posted on 04/11/2011 7:34:07 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: Graybeard58

You should step up to heavy whipping cream and cocoa powder.


4 posted on 04/11/2011 7:38:11 PM PDT by RockyMtnMan
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Chocolate is a vegetable, chocolate milk is a vegetable juice. Case closed. I need to go check on my stash of chocolate.


5 posted on 04/11/2011 7:39:14 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Public education is WELFARE.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.


6 posted on 04/11/2011 7:40:41 PM PDT by mlocher (Is it time to cash in before I am taxed out?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.


7 posted on 04/11/2011 7:43:01 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: Graybeard58
Half & Half -- the good stuff!!
8 posted on 04/11/2011 7:43:44 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Public education is WELFARE.)
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9 posted on 04/11/2011 7:44:24 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: mlocher
And you wonder why some kids are depressed or commit suicide, do drugs or feel there is no future for them when our govt is robbing them of their childhood! THANK God I had one and I loved it and had fun!!
10 posted on 04/11/2011 7:46:56 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
That's RACIST!
11 posted on 04/11/2011 7:48:26 PM PDT by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: RockyMtnMan
You should step up to heavy whipping cream and cocoa powder.

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.

12 posted on 04/11/2011 7:51:18 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
Half & Half -- the good stuff!!

It is addictive!

Down side - A half gallon costs about the same as a gallon of regular milk.

13 posted on 04/11/2011 7:53:49 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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


14 posted on 04/11/2011 7:54:09 PM PDT by Mr. K (this adminsitration is WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY~!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I grew up drinking Chocolate Milk, Hersheys Syrup and Extra Rich Milk. That's the only way made it, unless we decided to have an Egg Cream.

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.

15 posted on 04/11/2011 7:59:20 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Obama was a tree, what kind of a tree would he be?)
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To: RoseofTexas
THANK God I had one and I loved it and had fun!!

Another well adjusted person! God bless you and your parents!

16 posted on 04/11/2011 7:59:48 PM PDT by mlocher (Is it time to cash in before I am taxed out?)
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To: Mr. K

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.


17 posted on 04/11/2011 8:00:30 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The MSM is the greatest threat to America.)
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To: Graybeard58

Four dollars here in PA, for a half gal.
and worth every penny! :)


18 posted on 04/11/2011 8:02:50 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Public education is WELFARE.)
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To: Kickass Conservative

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.

[sigh]


19 posted on 04/11/2011 8:06:26 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Mears

bfl


20 posted on 04/11/2011 8:06:56 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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


21 posted on 04/11/2011 8:07:28 PM PDT by terycarl
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To: Graybeard58

I love half and half but it is a once in awhile indulgence.


22 posted on 04/11/2011 8:09:27 PM PDT by sheana
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

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.


23 posted on 04/11/2011 8:15:20 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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.

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.

24 posted on 04/11/2011 8:20:20 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I wonder if they can get the ‘Chocolate Milk App’ for the Ipads being handed out to kindergartners.


25 posted on 04/11/2011 8:20:45 PM PDT by RobertClark (On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
... missing out on crucial calcium and Vitamin D?

What about the protein? Without protein, there is no nutrition. People don't live on vitamins and minerals.

26 posted on 04/11/2011 8:24:40 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Ramius
Yes. In college Chem classes we used to put dimes in mercury to watch it adhere to them and make them shiny. I asked my Pathologist (a couple of decades ago) if I might suffer any harm from that some day. He said ‘Yeah. YOU'RE GOING TO DIE!’ And then he laughed. I'm still here. But those CFL bulbs have mercury in them and they are considered hazardous waste if they break. Another genius idea from the Nanny Statists.
27 posted on 04/11/2011 8:26:22 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: sheana

Try fat-free half and half. You’ll feel better about it and still have a tasty coffee!


28 posted on 04/11/2011 8:27:31 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.


29 posted on 04/11/2011 8:29:00 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Graybeard58

You can have all the buttermilk. Yeccch!

My grandmother loved that stuff, for some indecipherable reason.


30 posted on 04/11/2011 8:31:14 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Follow me on Twitter @mpetrie98)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Ovaltine????

31 posted on 04/11/2011 8:31:48 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Milk isnt good for children anyway. Ban milk, period.


32 posted on 04/11/2011 8:32:14 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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
it instead.


33 posted on 04/11/2011 8:33:22 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: originalbuckeye

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


34 posted on 04/11/2011 8:34:20 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Follow me on Twitter @mpetrie98)
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To: originalbuckeye
My older Brother got me hooked on Chocolate Milk when I was two or three. Couldn't stand regular Milk after that.

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.

35 posted on 04/11/2011 8:42:05 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Obama was a tree, what kind of a tree would he be?)
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To: originalbuckeye

It’s +2 Mercury that’s dangerous.


36 posted on 04/11/2011 8:43:26 PM PDT by John Will
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


37 posted on 04/11/2011 8:45:39 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.


38 posted on 04/11/2011 8:46:19 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Photobucket This sounds racist to me!
39 posted on 04/11/2011 8:57:12 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Too late for this thread I guess but what the hey ...

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.

40 posted on 04/11/2011 11:48:44 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (Insane, Corrupt Democrats or Stupid, Spineless Republicans - Pick America's poison.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

My ‘stockpile’ list continues to grow as everyday items will soon be VERBOTEN in what was once America:

Ammo (always!)
Gold & Silver
Cigarettes (for bartering)
Toilet Paper
Garden Seeds
Coffee
Sugar
Salt
Light bulbs
Yeast
Fish Oil
Lard
Toys for my future Grandkids
Ketchup
Plastic bags
Paper bags
Chocolate Milk


41 posted on 04/12/2011 4:22:31 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.


42 posted on 04/12/2011 5:32:06 AM PDT by 11johara28
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Notice how it is only Democrats that tell us what to eat, what to drink, what to wear, what to drive.

But....but....but......democrats are for the "little guy"!

43 posted on 04/12/2011 5:56:25 AM PDT by massmike (DADT repeal: the Boy Scouts now have tougher membership requirements than the Army!)
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To: massmike
But....but....but......democrats are for the "little guy"!

That's because the think they are so small they can push them around.

44 posted on 04/12/2011 5:57:54 AM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Someone will have to show me where Republicans do these sort of things.

So-called Republicans routinely vote for or authorize smoking bans and food-Nazi measures.

You need look no further than Mike Huckabee.

Regards,

45 posted on 04/12/2011 4:15:42 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: CrazyIvan

I like the way you think.


46 posted on 04/12/2011 4:17:27 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: sheana

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.


47 posted on 04/13/2011 9:53:42 AM PDT by La Lydia ("California: When the parasites outnumber the hosts, it's all over.")
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