Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution marches on! Better School Food announced that Washington, DC public schools will stop serving flavored milks this fall. Here's why: chocolate and strawberry milk, usually sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as regular Coke! In the fight against childhood obesity, it's an obvious target. Jamie applauded the DC school system for making the right decision in a recent video.
The question is: will other states have the guts to follow suit? Florida is considering banning flavored milk as well, but the dairy industry is worried that the kids will turn to "non-milk beverages," citing complaints from students that regular milk "has a weird flavor."
When did what kids want become more important than what they need? Kids in Berkeley, California have a choice between water and milk. If we compromised our curriculums the way we're compromising our menus, I'm sure kids would be playing video games all day long.
If you can't wait for the school system to improve, here are some brain-boosting foods for your child's health.