Thanks to Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, chocolate milk is getting a makeover!
It's back to school time and that means packed lunches and cafeteria food. Chef and health food advocate Jamie Oliver is putting the pressure on school boards and here is at least one result!
You may want to think twice before chocolate and other flavoured milks become school day staples instead of treats for your kids. Did you know that there four tablespoons of extra sugar in one serving of chocolate milk?
Jamie Oliver did some math for us: if your children are drinking one glass of chocolate, strawberry or other flavoured milks everyday, they are consuming about two extra gallons of sugar each year! With this kind of sugar entering their system everyday, it's no wonder that child obesity and weight problems are on the rise.
Well good news! It looks like there is a serious effort to make some changes in the school system. This September, the chocolate milk being served in the vast majority of school districts in the USA will have 38 percent less added sugar and only 31 more calories than plain milk. They're still serving chocolate milk, but it's a step in the right direction, don't you think?
The New York times gives us all the details on the state of flavoured milks in school cafeterias.
Want to learn more about how you can push for a healthier change in school nutrition? Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution campaign on flavoured milk is a good place to start.