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Is chocolate milk ban-worthy?

Published Aug. 30, 2011 | Discuss this article on Facebook

Megan Pierce, Associate Editor, Dairyherd Network | August 30, 2011

Chocolate milk in school lunches continues to garner attention. Last week Santa Monica-Malibu schools in California decided to buck the current trend of banning chocolate milk and keep it on the menu. But, just yesterday, public schools in Fayetteville, Ark., decided to remove chocolate milk from its breakfast menus. And, so the contentious debate surrounding chocolate milk continues.

But is chocolate milk really ban-worthy? James Rippe a cardiologist and founder and director of Rippe Lifestyle Institute, says no.

“Some schools have banned chocolate milk or are contemplating banning chocolate milk because they are concerned with the added sugar in milk,” says Rippe. “The idea is that banning chocolate milk might be a way to combat childhood obesity.” However, there are no studies that link chocolate milk to childhood obesity.

Yet, there are studies that show what happens when chocolate milk is banned. There is a direct correlation between chocolate milk consumption and overall milk consumption in children. “If you ban chocolate milk, immediately milk consumption is decreased by 35 percent,” explains Rippe. This is also a 35 percent decrease in consumption of calcium and Vitamin D.

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