December 27, 2009

Our Newest Enemy: Chocolate Milk

It appears the United States has yet another enemy to battle; yet another argument to deal with.

Recent studies have shown that chocolate milk contains an excess amount of sugar-- and along with the sugar, calories. In fact, an 8 ounce glass of chocolate milk contains the same number of calories as a 12 ounce glass of soda. According to Ann Cooper, the director of nutrition services in Boulder, Colorado (a very progressive city), a child is likely to put on 3 pounds a year if they were to consume a glass of chocolate milk every day.

Of course, there are many reasons why people are hesitant to remove chocolate milk from school cafeterias. Chocolate milk meets with the approval of many children, who would otherwise completely avoid chocolate milk. For the dairy industry, chocolate milk, in school cafeterias, makes up a relatively large segment of their sales. If chocolate milk was banned from schools, consumption would decrease, as would sales.

Marlene Schwartz, from the Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity does not see the need for this recent 'panic'. She personally does not agree with the argument that children would lose essential nutrients if they did not drink chocolate milk. In fact, Schwartz points out that there are only 60 additional calories in chocolate milk-- hardly enough to make someone obese easily.

Whose side are you on?

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