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Public School Liberals Attack Chocolate Milk
by Jeff Davis
A recent news article reports: “Chocolate milk has long been seen as the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down, but the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic has a growing number of people wondering whether that’s wise. With schools under increasing pressure to offer healthier food, the staple on children’s cafeteria trays has come under attack over the very ingredient that made it so popular — sugar. Some school districts have gone as far as prohibiting flavored milk, and Florida considered a statewide ban in schools. Other districts have sought a middle ground by replacing flavored milks containing high-fructose corn syrup with versions containing sugar, which some see as a more natural sweetener.”
The latest victim of liberalism.
As bad as refined white sugar is, high fructose corn syrup is worse, although that’s kind of like offering a condemned man a choice between electrocution and lethal injection. Anyhow, back to chocolate milk.
The article goes on: “Los Angeles Unified, the nation’s second-largest school district, is the latest district to tackle the issue. Superintendent John Deasy recently announced he would push this summer to remove chocolate and strawberry milk from school menus. But nutritionists — and parents — are split over whether bans make sense, especially when about 70 percent of milk consumed in schools is flavored, mostly chocolate, according to the industry-backed Milk Processors Education Program.”
First off, American kids are too fat not just because of chocolate milk. American kids are fat because 1).they spend hours on the Internet, 2).they spend hours watching cable TV, 3).they spend hours playing video games, 4).they spend hours texting each other and 5).as their cell phones get more sophisticated, they have the Internet and games with them at all times.
All this time spent watching various flickering screens is time taken away from exercising and normal healthy childhood activities. Kids used to kill time with sports, exercise and hiking.
Chocolate milk may be a small part of the problem, although I recall back in my own childhood, there was chocolate milk, Nestle’s Quik, Ovaltine and even Bosco. All these didn’t seem to do us much harm, because we burned off the calories running, biking and doing various outdoor activities.
In the case of the public schools, who cares anyway? The Los Angeles public schools are almost completely non-White. Black and Mexican kids will be much less effective mugging and burglarizing if they’re too fat and have to huff and puff just to move around. This childhood obesity thing may be a blessing in disguise in some respects.