On the same note . . . Chocolate Milk

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On the same note . . . Chocolate Milk
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Wed, 04-20-2011 - 8:47am

Jamie Oliver has been trying to get chocolate milk taken out of schools . . .

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Wed, 04-20-2011 - 1:07pm

I honestly do not understand why people would think it was ok to give kids chocolate milk on a regular basis. I may be odd, but I consider it something that is a treat for special occasions.

We never had chocolate milk as kids, and I only rarely gave it to dd. I did not like milk as a kid and drank as little as possible, dd is the same way. But I can't see bribing a kid with sugar for the sake of milk drinking. You can put milk in your cooking, like quiche, or give kids cheese or whatever.

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Wed, 04-20-2011 - 1:13pm

It's not surprising that some dieticians would defend chocolate milk.

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Wed, 04-20-2011 - 1:30pm

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Wed, 04-20-2011 - 2:02pm
I don't think you're odd, but I tihink our former pediatrician might disagree with you. Her take on sugar was that you should use it to get kids to eat things that are good for them that they wouldn't otherwise eat, such as yogurt and oatmeal, rather than letting them eat candy, cookies, etc. My guess is she would say the same thing about milk for a kid who won't drink it otherwise. I have one kid who loves milk and one who doesn't (and she doesn't like chocolate milk any better than regular milk). If kids don't drink milk, I think you really need to be sure they get calcium elsewhere. My sister has osteoporosis, and her specilists say it's the calcium you get before age 16 that really counts. If they're getting enough with cheese, etc., that works, but I suspect a lot of kids don't get enough calcium.
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Wed, 04-20-2011 - 2:23pm

Is the only alternative to not eating things you don't like eating a cookie?

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Wed, 04-20-2011 - 3:15pm
Of course not. The point is that cookies and candy are empty calories--sugar with no redeeming value--whereas chocolate milk has other value. A lot of kids won't eat oatmeal or yogurt with no sugar. So it also doesn't surprise me that some kids who don't like regular milk would drink chocolate milk. If a kid doesn't drink milk, It's not as easy as switching to a different fruit or vegetable to make up for the 3 glasses of milk a day she's supposed to be drinking.
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Wed, 04-20-2011 - 4:53pm

i was a parent who pestered my kids' doctor with stories like them not eating their vegetables, etc.

 

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Wed, 04-20-2011 - 5:34pm
I love milk and always have. DS loves it too. In fact, recently at daycare they gave the kids chocolate milk for the first time and he refused to drink it-- and usually he is the best milk drinker in his class. DD will drink milk, but doesn't love it. They usually try to get the kids to drink milk in her PreK class (white milk, as far as I know), so she's allowed to pick either milk or water for dinner. When I first went back to work when she was 15 months old, we had a hard time transitioning her from the breast to a sippy cup. For a few months, we added some chocolate mix to her milk and slowly added less and less until she was drinking plain white milk. I do think it is hard for kids to get enough calcium if they don't drink milk. But, with rampant obesity among kids-- especially lower income kids to whom the school lunch program is primarily directed-- I think the school might want to take a step back. Instead of planning meals to make sure the kids are getting enough calories (which most are in the form of junk/processed food at home anyway), they should focus on planning meals with higher nutrient values, rather than those with empty sugars and fats. I know my kids love to eat bits and pieces-- cut up veggies and fruits, cheese cubes, nuts, etc. As for chocolate milk, I don't know many kids who would choose white milk over chocolate milk when given a choice. But, if the kids had to choose between milk and water at school from the very beginning, I have to think a lot of them would drink the milk.
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Wed, 04-20-2011 - 5:37pm

I dunno, why would you give them candy and cookies though? I get what your ped was getting at, but it just really rubs me the wrong way to bribe kids to eat.

I come from a long line of female milk haters and we have no signs of osteoporosis. As long as you eat other dairy products, fish with bones, green veggies, sesame/tahini etc, it should be fine for most kids.

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Wed, 04-20-2011 - 5:47pm

We had forced milk drinking at my elementary school. At a certain time someone came to the class and handed out these little containers of milk. Then we had to sit there and drink it at our desks. The teacher would supervise and if we tried to get out of it, he would coax us to drink the stuff. It was only in the early grades, but it was pretty awful.

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