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Why Jamie Oliver’s battle against chocolate milk may be the wrong one

By Rachel Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., April 18, 2011 - 11:16am

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I think its worth it. There is no excuse for giving kids sugar. The calcium in milk isn't even very well absorbed, nor does recent evidence support the idea that milk consumption or dairy consumption effects bone health. Physical exercise is much more important.

Anonymous

12/23/2011 - 11:34pm

He's not saying don't drink MILK! He's saying don't drink it with 20+g of added sugar!!! It's not about low calories, low fat, it's the sugar that is the problem, if you as an RD don't know this, I'd seriously recommend your clients going elsewhere!

Anonymous

08/19/2012 - 1:56pm

Your point about naturally occurring sugars is valid and should have been included with Jamie Oliver's pitch. My mother cannot consume sugars or sodium... which we learned is virtually impossible with any type of food, even if it is healthy.

Also, as I kid I hated milk. I never drank it until I entered my 20s and discovered organic/grass-fed cow milk. Logically, I snapped my leg in half when I was 15 while jumping on a trampoline.

My question is regarding the naturally occurring vitamins in milk. I realize obesity is a major issue, but 'I've heard' whole milk contains more naturally occurring nutrients/vitamins compared to fat free. Isn't this more important in the long run, then cutting the fat from the milk? There seems to be so many other opportunities to cut fat out in school lunches than milk.

Anonymous

08/30/2012 - 4:47pm

Milk is for cows!! We can get calcium from kale; better to digest and much better for us with no fats or sugar. Milk is over-rated!!

Anonymous

09/23/2012 - 5:05pm

I almost fell off my seat when I read the article on the value of chocolate milk. This professional is doing more harm than good. Bottom line whilte milk is better for you than chocolate milk. Of course the kids would prefer it, it is sweet. We need to reduce the amount of sugar we eat. One mothers opinion.

Anonymous

10/09/2012 - 11:14am

I always wanted to somehow prove James Oliver wrong, but I never knew how. It seemed so outrageous that children in L.A. would consume a school-bus full of sugar in a week. Obviously, I'm not a food expert so I can't do things like such, but what is above the space in which I am typing in right now is just what I felt like doing.

Anonymous

12/05/2013 - 2:45pm

Whole milk seems to provide important satiety cues and excess sugar, even a reduced amout in any sort of chocolate milk is not good.

Anonymous

04/18/2014 - 6:02pm

This woman who wrote the article is uneducated, even with her education. Lawrence Cordain is a PhD to be listened to. Humans are not meant to drink milk from another animal. It's why so many young girls go through puberty early, and why most of them, and adult women are just fat. And milk contributes to osteoporosis, estrogen dominance and cancer. And sugar causes obesity, diabetes, wrinkles and cancer. I bet the woman who wrote this is fat, and loves her sugar. A woman should not be more than 15% body fat, if they are, they're fat. The BMI that says 20% fat is 'normal' for an adult woman, is antiquated and outdated. Our ancestors were lean, not an ounce to spare. That is the proof that we too should be lean.

Anonymous

05/29/2014 - 10:08am

Children will not I repeat WILL NOT miss out on vital nutrients if they do not drink milk no matter if it's flavoured or not. I am very disappointed that a 'child nutrition expert' has not gone past the learning presented to you during your degree and haven't done your own research... When animal protein enters the body it's way to acid and we cannot process it and is the main cause of osteoporosis. It makes our blood acid instantaneously so our body has to figure out pretty damn quick how to neutralise the acidity, so our body takes phosphate - in which there is only one source of in our bodies (calcium-phosphate which is binded together and is found in human bones) so our body takes calcium phosphate out of the bones, takes the phosphate to neutralise the acidity and our body EXCRETES THE CALCIUM. So please tell how drinking milk from a cow gives our bodies vital nutrients? Why not the milk from a dog? a cat? or a giraffe? We lose our vital nutrients every time we consume animal products, and these companies and miss educated 'dietitians' who have been educated on resources and studies funded by these industries to mislead and provided false 'facts' about our need for dairy to prevent osteoporosis. Every single epidemiological study shows that society's such as our first world countries have the HIGHEST rates of osteoporosis!

Anonymous

12/14/2014 - 1:31am

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