Cupcakes have been under siege for a number of years, and now it’s chocolate milk’s turn on the chopping block.
How evil is chocolate milk?
According to The Huffinton Post, the complaint is that often there are more than 3 teaspoons of sugar added to the milk to make it more palatable to kids. (Three teaspoons was the magic number that made kids drink it.) Here is an AP story also on the controversy.
According to chef Ann Cooper, Renegade Lunch Lady of Boulder, CO., kids could put on as much as 5 pounds a year from that additional sugar.
The National Dairy Council has launched a defense campaign – Raise your Hand for Chocolate Milk. Their argument is:
(I’m not sure how point 4 is true based on what the Renegade Lunch Lady says.)
Rose has been our only child that will chug tons of plain milk. Walsh hates milk but will drink yogurt so I spend about $10 a week just to get calcium into the boy. The baby will drink milk all day long — as long as it is chocolate.
Now let’s define what makes a milk chocolate. I add the slightest amount of Hershey’s syrup or as of late the lower sugar Nesquik. It barely changes color. (I actually worry more about the artificial sweetners in products than I do sugar.)
When my kids get real chocolate milk, like at Chik-Fil-A, they think it’s like drinking straight chocolate syrup!
I like what The Huffington Post columnist suggested of gradually reducing the sugar in chocolate milk so kids won’t notice the reduction and get it back to like 1 teaspoons of sugar vs 3 teaspoons. Although, I don’t really think companies will agree to do it universally, nor voluntarily.
What do you think: Should chocolate milk be banned from schools? Is chocolate milk being unfairly attacked? Is it really the problem or could the sodas and fast food be more to blame (oh and the lack of exercise)? Does it help your kids drink milk and get more calcium and vitamin D? When you make the chocolate milk how much chocolate (and sugar) do you add?