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Jake Thomas
elastic and fantastic
12:39 PM on 05/09/2011
Chocolate milk is a corn syrup delivery system.
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01:04 PM on 05/09/2011
and one of the few chocolate things left in the LAUSD..mostly brown now.
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drsolo
Progressive Wisconsin
12:16 PM on 05/09/2011
Childhood is when our eating patterns are set, ingrained. On a purely biological level, we need to learn what we can eat, what isnt poisonous before heading out the door. Children fed junk food at home or school will hunger after that for life. I was fortunate that we were so poor growing up I never got soda, chips etc. Instead we had a garden and orchard and we canned food for winter, grandparents gave us meat from their farm to put in the freezer.

If we are serious about the health of children in this country it is imperative that we provide them with wholesome foods and try to set a healthy pattern of consumption while they are young.
11:50 AM on 05/09/2011
I grew up allergic to milk. Never touched a drop of the stuff, and still don't. So in theory my bones should be very wet-noodle like as a result of missing out on all that calcium, right?

Somehow through all the tree climbing and bike riding and falling assosciated with childhood . . . and a wrestling, backpacking, wilderness exploration through high school . . . no breaks or fractures or any calcium deficiency of any kind . . .

I must really be some kind of freak.
12:07 PM on 05/09/2011
While i had different reasons for dairy aversion from birth (hippy parents and adopting a dairy/meat free lifestyle of my own accord at 16), i too, according to the dairy lobby should be a pretty blob on my living room floor completely devoid of "bone building" milk-calcium.

I am an avid athlete, was a wild child and so far in 30 years have only suffered one broken bone( i broke my nose on the edge of a swimming pool after kicking off the bottom and going face first into the ledge-oww).

cool n=2.

Another freak of nature.
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nevernot
I like paying taxes, they buy me civilization.
01:15 PM on 05/09/2011
I always thought it was strange that we are the only animal in nature that seeks out milk from other animals, and continues to drink it well after weaning. I'm in the same boat as you, strong athlete and I haven't had any milk since I was 6, the year I broke my arm, the only bone I've ever broken.
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Jake Thomas
elastic and fantastic
12:37 PM on 05/09/2011
I cannot drink milk. Lots of vegetables contain calcium, it is a myth milk is the best way to get it.
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purenergy
11:49 AM on 05/09/2011
Yes, ban the chocolate milk, but continue serving them processed foods laden with HFCS, MSG, trans fats and preservatives...that's the solution. Smart government *insert sarcasm here*
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cedy
not actually funny
11:42 AM on 05/09/2011
Ban chocolate milk? Blasphemy!!! It looks like its time to overthrow the health police. What's next, an evil dairy guy is going to start having to selling it across the street from the school?
11:21 AM on 05/09/2011
First the title of this article is genius! haha! As consumers (and sometimes parents of consumers) we have to be aware of what we are putting into our bodies. Just because something is labeled as a milk doesn't make it healthy. Read the nutrition label, compare it to the sugary soda. Becoming aware of what you are eating is the first step in losing weight and getting healthy. http://blog.mydiscoverhealth.com/
10:46 AM on 05/09/2011
I wouldn't trust anything served in a public school especially in NYC. I still do not understand why all of the school food isn't 100% healthy and organic.

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Count of Anjou
Fiscal Conservative & Taoist
11:26 AM on 05/09/2011
"I still do not understand why all of the school food isn't 100% healthy and organic." The answer, Jon, is because the cost of school fod would be 5x as much if it was 100% healthy and organic.... plus, most kids wouldn't want to eat it.
11:38 AM on 05/09/2011
Hi "Count of Anjou." Thanks for responding to my comment. I believe anything is possible. Consider this. A kid in public school who has a bad diet will grow up to be overweight and lazy. LIves on welfare for his entire life then has health issues who the tax payers have to pay for. I rather pay the 5x cost for better food. As for "most kids wouldn't want to eat it" I don't believe that. Perhaps in the 60's but not today. Children are aware of health issues and know that getting fat isn't cool.
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Morena
¬°Diga toda la verdad. Siempre!
05:27 PM on 05/09/2011
Not true on both counts. It's been proven, School Lunch Reform program test sites.
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SusanElizabeth1949
My micro-bio may be empty but my head isn't.
01:27 PM on 05/09/2011
Cost, Joe, organic and 'healthy' is far more expensive.
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French Toast
MAPLE SYRUP
10:30 AM on 05/09/2011
So what if milk consumption drops? You know what that means? IT MEANS THEY DONT EFFIN LIKE MILK. It's not as if dairy is some erstwhile missing part of the kids overall diet anyway. Kids don't have to drink milk. They can get all of those vitamins elsewhere.

Oh no! The milk lobby might not get their kickback! OH NOOOOOEEEES
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10:20 AM on 05/09/2011
why not start with nixing the strawberry?

Or maybe stop serving it with grilled cheese and fries. Or maybe redo the menu so that milk isn't serving as a vitamin supplement. There's plenty of calcium rich vegetables such as beets, chard, spinach or kale. And it would offset the calories of chocolate milk.
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ecotopian
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10:44 AM on 05/09/2011
I double dog dare you to get a kid to eat any of that. My kids like veggies and won't touch that stuff.

They have had chocolate milk in school for decades and only recently have we had an obesity problem. It's not the milk that causing it. Look at the diet at home and the lack of exercise both there and at school. That's where the problem is.
10:48 AM on 05/09/2011
Your kids are very smart and will be healthy. My mother gave us veggies also and I still eat them today. You are 100% correct with the way kids eat at home. I still cannot believe some people still eat at Mcdonalds or Burger King or any other fast food chain.

Jon Girodes
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Count of Anjou
Fiscal Conservative & Taoist
11:28 AM on 05/09/2011
You are 100% correct, ectopian. The problem is not so much too much caloric intake as not enough exercise. Obesity is the result of too many calories in and not enough exercise to compensate. You either need to cut back on calories, which rarely works or do more exercise.