Should chocolate milk be kicked out of school?
There's a very interesting debate going on, as our colleague Rebecca Catalanello reports here. Florida is considering a statewide policy that would end the sale of flavored milk in schools. We are a state where 32 percent of children ages 10 to 17 are considered overweight. But we also have a large dairy industry -- and lobby.
Those in favor of the ban say no child needs artificially flavored, sweetened milk to make it through the day. If the choices were plain milk or water, there would be an initial outcry, but as Chef Ann Cooper, author of Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children, noted, "No child in America has died for lack of chocolate milk."
Those against the ban say eliminating flavored milk fails to address other factors affecting health, like physical activity. They note that kids will skip the milk and miss out on the Vitamins A, D and B-12, and calcium, potassium, magnesium and protein that comes in a serving of milk.
I personally love chocolate milk but it's a rare treat, not a dietary staple, so it does seem odd that we offer sweetened, flavored milk to kids on a daily basis. So what do you think, is this a good idea or is the nanny state at it again?
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne