Skip to comments.Got chocolate milk? No longer (Minneapolis public schools ban chocolate milk as an option)
Posted on 05/22/2011 5:03:50 PM PDT by Qbert
Chocolate milk might be the most popular choice for school lunch -- not to mention milk bubbles and milk mustaches. But soon it will be no choice at all in Minneapolis public schools.
"Consuming chocolate milk every day can train a child's palate toward sweetened foods," said Rosemary Dederichs, the district's director of nutrition services. The decision is opposed by the Midwest Dairy Association, a trade group of 11,000 dairy farms. While applauding the focus on health, the association noted that chocolate milk sold in Minneapolis schools has less sugar than other versions and only 20 calories more than a carton of 1-percent-fat milk.
In addition, research funded by the dairy industry shows that bans on chocolate milk are counterproductive. Children who switch to white milk end up throwing more away and getting less calcium and Vitamin D, said Carolyn Hudson, a dietitian with Midwest Dairy. "If the kids don't drink it," she said, "they won't get it."
Today, chocolate milk makes up 60 percent of the district's lunchtime milk sales.
"While we recognize that some children may no longer choose to drink milk at school, we believe that the decision was made in the best interest of our students," said Dederichs. She noted that even skim chocolate milk has 8 grams more sugar per serving than 1 percent or skim cartons. The district's chocolate milk also contains high-fructose corn syrup.
Not everyone views chocolate milk as bad. Runners, in particular, seek it after distance events because it provides protein and carbohydrate recovery for tired muscles. The American Academy of Pediatrics and other groups also support chocolate milk in schools because of studies showing that flavored-milk drinkers consume more milk than do youths who drink white milk only.
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fat free cholocate milk is deh awesome.
It is better after a workout than “sports drinks” too
If the public schools are not taken out from the domain of the Federal government we will have no future as a free country. America, as Atlantis, will sink into oblivion.
Why doesn’t the “district’s director of nutrition services” just mind her own f’n business?
This is deranged. Low-fat milk with chocolate flavoring that does not have dumb additives is healthy, for heaven’s sake.
The public school system does excel in one thing- teaching students to grow up to be servants of the Nanny State.
First they came for Joe Camel...then they started taking away things the elist, PC, non-smokers like....
You bet....common knowledge for body builders an endurance athletes.
But socialists can’t grow little stupid rats on a healthy diet....
Seriously, what is to stop some enterprising 5th grader from selling squirts of Bosco to his friends during lunch? Especially if he brings his own? "Gimme a quarter, and I'll....enhance your dairy beverage."
They will probably declare chocolate a drug.
You can just tell from her quotes that she’s on a massive power trip.
Let’s see - we can let children have a healthy drink that they like, or we can make them buy something to throw away. Easy decision for those that want to teach submission to the rulers.
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When my kids were swimming they were told that chocolate milk was the best thing they could drink. Somehow after that kind of very rigorous exercise, you bounced back best with chocolate milk. Likely it could be the extra carbs and it wasn’t just a sugar fix.
Reminds me of the cafeteria line in the movie “The Island”.
The district's chocolate milk also contains high-fructose corn syrup.
Does that mean they'll also get rid of french toasts sticks with artificial maple syrup for breakfast and pancakes and jam and jelly with the kids white bread toast?
What morons. They're going after one of the few foods that's actually GOOD for the kids, even with a little bit of flavoring.
Besides, one half pint of chocolate milk is going to corrupt the kids for good? I don't think so.
Is having a lobotomy now a requirement for working within the public education establishment these days?