Skip to comments.The Milk Wars: Should Milk Be Taken Off the School-Lunch Menu?
Posted on 07/24/2012 6:40:50 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
(Updated) The war on milk has shifted fronts. First it was sugar-laden chocolate milk, which parents and school administrators battled in recent years to remove from school-lunch menus. Now, its plain old moo thats under fire.
On Thursday, a national doctors group petitioned the U.S. government to remove milk as a required food group from the National School Lunch Program, the federally assisted program that has provided lunch to millions of public school kids since 1946. The doctors reasoning: milk doesnt help protect kids bones.
The promotion of milk to help build strong bones in kids is, in effect, the promotion of an ineffective placebo, writes the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in its petition [PDF]. Milk is high in sugar, high in fat and high in animal protein all of which counters its purported benefits to bone health, the committee argues.
The PCRM notes that dairy products, including milk, are the No. 1 source of saturated fat in Americans diets. Drinking milk for the calcium it contains is therefore a losing strategy, especially since people can get their daily recommended calcium from other, more nutritious foods. And for millions of Americans who are allergic to milk including 1.3 million children or intolerant to the lactose it contains, drinking milk carries potentially severe health risks.
One of the only reasons people talk about dairy, or promote it at all, is because it is going to help build strong bones, says Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the PCRM. Research has now made it abundantly clear that milk doesnt build strong bones. Whether we are talking about children who are forming bones or older people who are trying to keep their bone integrity, milk doesnt have a beneficial effect on either one.
(Excerpt) Read more at healthland.time.com ...
Nanny State PING!
Give ‘em beer!
How stupid can these folks be!!!!
All these folks that are living to 90 drank MILK....right from the cow.
My mom said they used milk on everything....dough balls and milk, potato soup, etc etc.
How much of this has to go on before an absolute majority of parents say, “Enough with committing my children’s lives to these nutcases!!!”?
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., which promotes a vegan diet, preventive medicine, alternatives to animal research, and encourages what it describes as “higher standards of ethics and effectiveness in research.” Its primary activities include outreach and education about nutrition and compassionate choices to healthcare professionals and the public; ending the use of animals in medical school curricula; and advocating for legislative changes on the local and national levels.
I understand that part of this is driven by demographics. Most blacks and about half of Hispanics can’t drink cow’s milk past infancy. And there are Caucasians who are allergic to cow’s milk.
But the solution is to add soy milk or almond milk or coconut milk to the milk offerings at school, not ban cow’s milk for all kids.
The article is marked as coming from TIME.
That is enough to simply hit the “next” button.
First thing is always to check out the source.
“The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a wolf in sheeps clothing. PCRM is a fanatical animal rights group that seeks to remove eggs, milk, meat, and seafood from the American diet, and to eliminate the use of animals in scientific research. Despite its operational and financial ties to other animal activist groups and its close relationship with violent zealots, PCRM has successfully duped the media and much of the general public into believing that its pronouncements about the superiority of vegetarian-only diets represent the opinion of the medical community.
Less than 5 percent of PCRMs members are physicians, Newsweek wrote in February 2004.
......But Barnard was trained as a psychiatrist, not a nutritionist. His nutritional advice boils down to one basic message: dont eat meat, or anything that comes from animals. PCRM has complained to the Federal Trade Commission about advertisements that depict milk as part of a healthy diet. It petitioned the government to slap meat and poultry with a biohazard label, adding in its newsletter that eggs should carry these dire warnings as well.
>>I understand that part of this is driven by demographics.
Not in this case. These people don’t give a fig about that. They are opposed to eating ‘animal protein’ (their definition) by anyone, anytime.
See comments #6 an #9
Any of my fellow aging baby boomers remember when milk was “nature’s most perfect food?”
It’s difficult for the large food product producers to control and profit from the sale of milk in schools.
Corporations like Cargil and ADM would much rather see a grain based product like soy. (Not to mention Monsanto’s involvement with GMO’s)
From a health point of view, soy greatly effects estrogen levels in both boys and girls.
Just another in a long list of reasons to get your kids out of public indoctrination centers.
Thanks for checking. I figured as much. It's so easy to tell anymore when science is created to hide an agenda.
If breathing oxygen doesn't get you first.
Obviously banning both is the only way to protect humanity...
Milk Ingredient Does a Waistline Good
“A natural ingredient found in milk can protect against obesity ...”
Oxygen is poison. Stop breathing right away.
I’m betting most dairy farmers don’t drink Kool Aid.
>The doctors reasoning: milk doesnt help protect kids bones.
You need 3 thing to make bones: calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D.
If you slather your kid down with sunblock, you are reducing his (or her) ability to make vitamin D.
Wonder if they have ties to Fenton Communications, which serves to carry out scare campaigns [remember the alar apple scare?] on behalf of special interest groups seeking to change the public perception of a given product not because of concenrs but to boost some product they are selling by hurting competition.
Ben and Jerry's hired Fenton to generate the milk hormone scare.
MOOYLENT GREEN ARE COWS!!!!!!
“How much of this has to go on before an absolute majority of parents say, Enough...”
...it’s getting worse. My wife is a pre-school teacher and the parents use the 4 hours of free time for manicures and shopping. They have zero regard for what the kid eats or drinks. It’s even worse in public school. Parents are “hopey, changey” zombies.
Especially when accompanied by an Oreo cookie ;-)
Soy milk contains a bunch of phytoestrogens, and god only knows what us in coconut milk and almond milk is no doubt going to cause severe allergy in some people.
I know take chalk dust and mix with water, that’s the ticket!
Exactly. Saying that consuming the primary source of calcium in most people's diet contributes to the formation of calcium-based structures such as bones is simply absurd. That's as irrational as claiming that the sun has more effect on temperatures on earth than SUVs have. Science today is nothing like it was when I was young and they worried too much about "experimental evidence" and other outmoded concepts.
>>Gee, wonder if PCRM has any real doctors in it..
Oh, yes. 5% of the membership. That includes psychiatrists and such and there is some question about what they require as credentials from the ‘doctors’.
>>Wonder if they have ties to Fenton Communication...
I think they are genuine fanatics but might also be useful idiots being manipulated for financial gain.
Wonder if they pass out free lab coats at their gatherings?
And they now say meat products, milk products and oils are what cause health problems.
They don’t use chalk anymore, because chalk dust creates an unsafe environment for students (and unionized teachers/staff) with asthma or other breathing products. Fumes from dry-erase markers are also a problem, leading to a huge demand for “smart-boards,” on which they can all watch videos all day.
You don’t want to take on the dairy lobby.
These guys have managed to have minimum pricing on milk SET BY THE STATE here in Pennsylvania since the 1930’s. They could make an elected politician’s life REEEEEEEEEEEAL miserable if he or she screws with them.
My ex-SIL was full of this milk is bad for you crap. She fed her children soy and vegan and very little meat. Her daughter, my niece, was skiing and ran into another skiier. She broke her thigh bone, among others, was in a half body cast for months. When I, a milk drinker, was about the same age as niece, I fell off of a 20+ foot deer stand and didn’t break a bone. I was pretty bruised up, but jumped up and walked back to camp.
The term “Nanny State” should have long ago been changed to “Nazi State”.
I thought that was eggs. Or was that a later iteration of "nature's most perfect food?" BTW, eggs are next on the hit list.
True though PA is now one of the few states where you are allowed to walk into a store and purchase raw milk despite the efforts of the dairy lobby.
I would guess so. Most of the planet is lactose intolerant.
The use of that has really gotten out of control. It's so bad it falls from the sky.
So for hundreds of thousands of years, we had it wrong. How dumb we were not to notice in all that time that milk was bad for us. Praise Gaia for the progressives who finally set
A slurry of crushed Chinese drywall and Chinese cabbage juice will be the 0bamaCare approved diet.
If you don't stop thinking that will simply be a forced economic decision, right now!, you will have to go to a re-education camp, right winger.
In the 1950’s we learned that milk was nature’s most perfect food, with eggs at number two, and meat at number 3.
Milk is probably the most healthy item on school lunch menus. The government approved school lunch which often consists of breaded nuggets of fused chicken parts or cardboard like pizza with greasy peperoni made from boar hogs with meat too fat for anything else and cheese made from that nasty milk is infinitely better.
“Im betting most dairy farmers dont drink Kool Aid.”
I suspect they do. Dairy farming is tightly regulated, price controlled, and subsidized. Watch what the dairy farmers do if any of this is discontinued.
(even then I thought "why should they get part of my swag?" lol)
Problem is not the food, it’s the schools. Shut them down.
NIH says, "An estimated 30 million to 50 million American adults are lactose intolerant." That's 10-17% generally and it's far higher in various ethnic groups.
It’s funny since those “smart-boards” are the least “green” of the options.
The simple solution is to get the government out of the food-forcing business, and let intelligent parents and the local organizations they control decide what their kids will eat.
When it comes down to real-world choices - especially among the “elites” and the taxpayer-supported classes - “green” doesn’t matter nearly as much as “cool,” both literally and figuratively.
And just think of all the money that could be saved if the Guvment would ban that. Why, everyone knows that dihydrogen monoxide induced deterioration is the major cause of expenditure for infrastructure repair...
By the way, I think I see some rust forming on that new car. And watch out for that pothole...