Earlier this week, the New York Submit reported that New York Metropolis’s colleges chancellor, Richard Carranza, is considering a ban on flavored milk within the district’s faculty cafeterias. Advocates have cheered this information, whereas among the metropolis’s mother and father are apparently fairly upset about it. The state’s dairy business, which has been struggling in recent times, has additionally pushed again onerous in opposition to the rumored proposal.
My very own views on flavored milk in colleges have developed fairly a bit through the years. For instance, longtime TLT readers would possibly bear in mind my extensively learn* 2011 put up known as “My Downside with Jamie Oliver’s Conflict on Flavored Milk,” wherein I questioned the superstar chef’s laser-like concentrate on banning flavored milk within the Los Angeles Unified College District, as a part of his Meals Revolution tv present that 12 months.
My foremost objection was that Oliver may have used his megaphone to focus on larger issues in America’s faculty meal program. However I additionally defended flavored milk in its personal proper: Dairy offers youngsters with protein, calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin D and phosphorous, I wrote again then, and children have a tendency to love it greater than different meals offering those self same vitamins. And as I recounted in one other TLT put up (considerably uncomfortably) endorsing flavored milk, this one printed in 2010, I’d additionally been reassured by my children’ pediatrician that milk’s nutritive advantages far outweighed a couple of grams of sugar.
As of late, although, I’m fully supportive of efforts, just like the rumored New York Metropolis proposal, to take flavored milk out of faculties. The explanations behind my evolution are these:
First, the harms of extra sugar are by now nicely documented, together with an elevated danger of tooth decay, weight acquire, kind 2 diabetes, and heart problems (even in these of regular weight). Second, we now have clear steering from the American Coronary heart Affiliation on how a lot added sugar is an excessive amount of for teenagers —not more than 25 grams, or four to six teaspoons, a day. But only one field of Horizon flavored milk would account for half that quota, and that’s on prime all the opposite methods wherein are our youngsters are deluged with added sugars: classroom treats, sugary faculty breakfasts, different sugar-sweetened drinks, fruit juice (specialists regard its naturally occurring sugars as equally problematic), and sugar-sweetened savory meals like ketchup and salad dressing. Third, as many involved faculty diet professionals have noticed, children will typically replenish on flavored milk and spurn the remainder of their faculty lunch— significantly when children are given too little time to eat within the first place. And eventually, there’s no less than some proof that among the well being claims for milk—which most of us have taken as gospel—are overstated.
For these causes, a number of progressive districts across the nation have already banned flavored milk, together with Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., and Boulder.** However for those who nonetheless want convincing, I urge you to learn a superb evaluation of the potential New York Metropolis ban by reporter and advocate Andrea Sturdy, known as “The Darkish Aspect of Chocolate Milk in NYC Colleges,” printed yesterday by Hunter School’s Meals Coverage Middle. As Sturdy experiences, there are some surprising incongruities in the best way New York Metropolis treats flavored milk in different contexts, equivalent to its correctional amenities:
New York Metropolis’s Division of Corrections (DOC) has phased out sugar-sweetened drinks due to their ties to pricey obesity-related illnesses. Ten years in the past DOC Commissioner Martin Horn advised Gothamist, “the transfer will lower your expenses in the long term as a result of more healthy inmates can be much less liable to strokes, coronary heart assaults or diabetic shock on the town’s watch.” Right now, the DOC bans each chocolate milk and juice. And but, NYC’s Division of Schooling (DOE) continues to serve chocolate milk (and juice) to 1.1 million youngsters a day.
Fairly eye-opening, no?
* When academics wish to stage classroom debates or educate argumentative writing, they attempt to discover matters children can relate to—like whether or not flavored milk ought to be in class cafeterias! Based mostly on the crazy-high stats for my Jamie Oliver put up and the knowledge I can glean about who’s been it, it’s apparently grow to be a helpful crib sheet for college kids assigned to the “professional” aspect of the controversy. 😮
** Los Angeles did ban flavored milk in response to Jamie Oliver’s strain, solely to carry it again in 2016. The 180-degree shift was purportedly in response to important waste of white milk, however as I argued in my 2016 put up, the district may have merely advised children they didn’t must take any milk in any respect.
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