It’s time for common sense about flavored milk in schools

July 28, 2011

Chocolate milk (as well as other flavored, sweetened milk) has recently become a prime target in the national debate over childhood obesity. That debate has led to outright bans in school lunchrooms.

In the latest ePerspective post, James M. Rippe, M.D., Founder and Director of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute and Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida, covers some facts that he believes have been lost in the debate. He references a study that shows that less than half of children currently receive the recommended daily calcium they need. Another study shows that this gets worse when flavored milk is pulled from schools. According to Rippe, we should be reasonable about the amount of sweets our children eat, but we should not deprive them of the nutrients they need by pulling flavored milk from lunchrooms. Do you think flavored milk should be banned from schools? What about other sugar-laden foods? Share your thoughts on IFT’s ePerspective today.

James Rippe’s ePerspective