If you’ve ever had to eat kids’ cafeteria food, you know that chocolate milk is oftentimes the single bearable thing on the tray of gloop- unless you went to my elementary school, in which case it was warm and tasted unpleasantly and inexplicably of cheap iced tea.
Even that single beacon of semi-tastiness hangs in the balance- yesterday, we posted about schools banning home-packed lunches because they could contain horrors such as chips or sugary drinks. Now chocolate milk is on the chopping block as well, despite negligible caloric differences between the maligned beverage and it’s blander, plain cousin.
70% of milk served in schools right now is of the flavored variety, and when that option disappears, kids drink 37% less milk. In Virginia, one of the districts that banned chocolate milk was Fairfax County. Penny McConnell, the district’s director of food and nutrition, said the change didn’t go over well:
“We got 10 to 20 e-mails a day,” said Penny McConnell, director of food and nutrition services for Fairfax. “It was a lot of pressure.”
“All of a sudden, everyone who eats is a nutritionist,” McConnell said. “It makes our job a lot more difficult.”
A totally lame-ass parent also put in his two cents because if his kids can’t enjoy stuff, he doesn’t want other kids enjoying things in their vicinity:
“If we want to fix childhood obesity, chocolate milk is just one of the things we need to get rid of,” said Jeff Anderson, a parent of three students at Wolftrap Elementary in Vienna and a member of Real Food for Kids, a Fairfax area advocacy group. “It’s a treat, not something you have every day with lunch.”
Do you think chocolate milk in school lunches is why we have a country full of fatass kids? Or does it perhaps have more to do with the fact that kids can’t play outside anymore, no one walks home from school and there’s corn syrup in pretty much every food on the shelves?