Chocolate milk may get banned from Los Angeles County school districts. The chocolate milk debate is raging once again and a growing number of school districts have removed or are considering removing flavored milks from their cafeterias. It’s recommended that kids get 3 cups of milk per day. Here’s the problem – 70 percent of the milk consumed at school is flavored milk. Will the kids actually drink plain milk, or will it suffer a similar fate to the side of string beans or stick of government cheese? Straight from the tray to the garbage.
As nutritionist Tamara Freuman explains, “research suggests that children who drink flavored milk have higher calcium intake and do not have significantly higher BMIs than children who do not drink flavored milk. Furthermore, missing out on calcium during childhood and adolescence when peak bone mass is being formed risks setting your child up for lower bone mineral density as an adult, when it’s much more difficult to address.”
In an ideal world, probably no nutritionist, parent or teacher would ever want a child to drink chocolate milk but kids need the calcium and nutrients. The real question remains is will students simply not drink the milk at all if only plain milk is offered? Either way, we’d like to see the vending machines kicked out of schools. Children today drink more soda than milk. Can’t help but think the ban on milk will encourage thirsty kids to drop their milk money into soda machines.