The pros and cons of chocolate milk

Nov. 17, 2009
Schools debate whether the sugar-laden drink should be served to students

From The Los Angeles Times: A year after the school district in Barrington, Ill., banned flavored milk from its elementary- and middle-school lunch menus, students persuaded administrators to give it another chance. Now the sweetened drinks are served on Fridays, as the district tries to decide whether the benefits of calcium and Vitamin D are worth the added sugar -- about three teaspoons per half-pint. Barrington's dairy dilemma is an example of a discussion playing out across the nation, as educators try to reconcile two concerns: childhood obesity and insufficient calcium intake. Even experts have trouble finding a satisfying answer

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