Health Matters: One Woman's War Against Chocolate Milk

By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email
By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email

May 19, 2011
Is it better to drink chocolate milk? Or no milk at all?
A couple of years ago a Minnesota mother began a war on chocolate milk. And she briefly won.
She had the stuff eliminated. But then other parents demanded that it be a choice for their kids.
Ultimately, her kids' school caved into the pressure.
It's the same war waged in cafeterias across the country.
Nutritionists explain why the drink is so controversial: It has 43 grams of carbohydrates.
When you break it down into teaspoons of sugar that our body is metabolizing -- that's 10 teaspoons of sugar.
That's twice as much as found in the white milk.
On the other hand, a dietitian for the Midwest Dairy Association says schools serve smaller portions and use a lot less sugar than even six months ago.
She says it's better to be drinking milk with its nine essential nutrients than to be drinking no milk at all.

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