This article on chocolate milk in schools touched off an interesting debate on my Facebook Page, with folks pretty much evenly divided. About half of the commenters saw chocolate milk as a reasonable way to get kids to drink more milk. Several pointed out that milk comes in portion-controlled packages and still contains a whole lot less sugar–and more nutrients–than soda.
The other half felt strongly that we need to insist that kids learn to eat nutritious foods without doctoring them up with sweeteners. Several people expressed suspicion that the data cited in the article may have been cooked up by the milk industry–although most is taken from independently published research. Still others pointed out that their kids don’t need to drink milk (sweetened or otherwise) because their diets contain lots of other protein- and calcium-rich foods.
If you back up and look at the big picture–which is what these studies do–providing chocolate milk in schools did seem to lead to a net benefit overall. But whether chocolate milk is a nutritional upgrade or downgrade for your child is going to vary from family to family.
So, what do you think?