Bravo. I'm all for nutritional reforms at schools, but sometimes we get a little carried away. It's much better to let the kids have a carton of chocolate milk than to ban it and see them use the change to sneak Milky Ways at the convenience store after school.
12/16/2009 - 2:40pm
I'm surprised that someone with a masters degree in nutrition does not keep up on the obvious and growing proof that milk is not beneficial for human beings beyond the early ages of childhood. The U.S. is the largest consumer of milk and also has the largest incidence of osteoperosis. We are not able to absorb vitamin D from milk efficiently, we are also the only species that does drink milk beyond early years of development. Follow this link featured in USA today in august of 2009 regarding dairy (www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2009-08-30-lactose-intolerance_N.htm). You should also research the source of your milk so that you might have a better understanding of what things the cows are being fed (ie. corn, antibiotics, growth hormones, etc.) You are what you eat!
12/19/2009 - 5:54pm
Actually, due to the calcium/phosphorus inbalance of milk, it should not be considered a 'good source' of calcium or protein. Additionally, lactose intolerance is a problem for the majority of children but goes undiagnosed. Milk is 'good for you' is a marketing ploy by milk companies. The author's mother fell for it and so has the author.
12/20/2009 - 12:04pm
chocolate milk.. I'm all for banning it.
Almond milk is much better than cow milk, easier on the digestive sytem and a great source of Calcium, non-GMO soy milk is also better than cow milk, lightly flavored with vanilla or stevia is a perfect replacement for overly sugared flavored cow milk. I moved to Taiwan 3 years ago, and I'm learning so much on their diet.
"Milk, it does a body good" I don't buy that line anymore.
12/21/2009 - 10:27pm
I drank chocolate milk for years and seem to have turned out alright. I think the Food Police are focusing on the wrong things.....whatever happened to "everything in moderation"? Good grief.
12/24/2009 - 3:43pm
hmmmm....So, let's see....we take the Milk, from the Cow, that actually 'produces' it for her calf...then we 'process' it & 'flavor' it w/ Chocolate, & then call it 'nutrition?.....hmmmm....What if we looked @ the nutriotn in Apples, Bananas, Oranges, (for example) All this 'over-touting' of ALL the Calcium in Milk , is, in my opinion ...waaaay 'overrated'....Can we get someone to check the calcium in the aforementioned Fruit?...Or how 'bout taking a look @ good 'ol Spinach?....lol...
This is 'fuel' to 'nurture' our bodies...not unlike putting low-quality gas in our car....My thoughts are to the more 'real' 'natural' foods we can put into our & our childrens bodies...the better outcomes...
Just saying here...
12/24/2009 - 3:57pm
But does not oxalic acid in chocolate inhibit absorbtion of calcium?
12/24/2009 - 7:51pm
I too have always hated milk, and my mom, on advice from my pediatrician, also added chocolate syrup to get me to drink it, As I became a weight conscious adult I stopped drinking milk altogether thinking that the chocolate would make me fat. I am now 56 yrs old, and on weight watchers, and have added low fat chocolate milk back into my diet, along with fat free yogurt and cottage cheese, and other low fat and fat free cheeses, to get some of the calcium and other nutrients that I have been depriving myself of most of my life, I too hope that the proposed ban on flavored milks does a nosedive.
12/25/2009 - 1:49pm
Chocolate, the dark variety, and not the kind processed using Alkalai, is good, and does not belong in milk, as the milk negates the good qualities of the chocolate. So, by adding chocolate to milk, just to please the little ones, is a bad thing, as it completely confused them and leads the little ones into drinking chocolate milk, just because their mother told them it was good for them. We seriously need to re-address our nutritional knowledge so we can pass the good knowledge on to our children.
12/27/2009 - 5:30pm
Actually, the combination of chocolate and milk is not a good choice as far as the value of the chocolate is negated by the milk.