Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sugar milk

After all the opposition, the Board of Education tabled the great chocolate milk debate. They await new federal guidelines on child nutrition.

But the discussion in Florida is far from over, Padgett said. "It's the trend of the future. It's the weight of the future."

At Pinellas Central (School), 10-year-old Hong Ho beamed when asked about her choice of white milk.

"Chocolate milk has, like, lots of fats and calories," she explained.

Friend and classmate Linh Le, also 10, shook her head as she sipped from her brown carton.

"I drink chocolate milk at school because I always drink plain milk in the morning," Linh said.

The two lifted their cartons to compare nutritional labels.

White milk: 110 calories, 12 grams of sugar. Chocolate milk: 150 calories, 26 grams of sugar.

"This has a lot of sugar!" Linh exclaimed.

"That," said Ho, "is why I don't drink chocolate milk."

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