Here we go again! Another reality type show with a person trying to make a name for themselves as well the big bucks by claiming they are doing it for us and that they, single-handedly, will end America’s obesity problems. I am talking about Jamie Oliver AKA “The Naked Chef.”
Now don’t get me wrong…fresher better food in cafeterias is a wonderful idea. Fresh salads with low-fat dressing. Low fat deli meats on whole wheat and some light cheese. How about baked pita chips or carrots with hummus?
I was blessed to not have to eat much in our school cafeteria. My mom made my lunch. I too, made lunch for my kids and they ate on the days they wanted to as a treat. We also did not get offered a breakfast at school. I always prided in serving my children a hot breakfast in the morning before taking them to school and heading off to my job.
I believe that nutrition and a balanced diet should be the responsibility of parents. Granted I am not judging the food programs at school. It just doesn’t seem right that the school districts should have all of the burden of our childrens nutrition.
I do not understand how the Los Angeles Unified School District can roll over and allow this “chef” to say flavored milk should be gone and they are considering it.
When he first came to speak with them they basically shoved the door in his face. Is giving up flavored milk an easy one for them to get him gone as well as helping out their budget? Do they think that will make him happy and he will skip off back to London with out him taking a look at the truly unhealthy foods they are serving up?
The real question we should ask is. Is Chef Oliver a doctor in nutrition? Is he a registered dietician?
I don’t think so. Yet the Los Angeles Unified School District wants to get rid of flavored milk because HE says they should. Really?
Studies have been done extensively over the years proving the benefits of milk and that children enjoy flavored milk. It is consumed more than regular milk. They have all of the facts at their finger tips.
Are they really going to take the opinion of this young english chef over the doctors and dietitians that have studied this and made it their career?
I serve as a director on the California Milk Advisory Board. Our board has been urging the processors to use an alternative sweetener like the stevia plant instead of sugar. That is something that has been in the works for quite awhile and we had even got to enjoy a sample of it. It was delicious! Now it is a matter of time for it be accepted and used.
Much progress has already been made. Most have already, lowered the amount of sugar and are using low-fat milk. It just seems insane to cut it out completely when so much has already been done to address those issues.
Isn’t ironic that the schools have added a whole extra meal yet have taken away PE and other physical activities that we had when we were in school?Isn’t part of our nations obesity problem the fact that children are not active enough?
I have added some statistics and facts regarding flavored milk consumed by kids. Please, I ask you to do your homework. Let us not fall into the hype of this TV show. Lets stick to the facts not the opinions of reality stars.
- Low-fat chocolate milk strikes the perfect balance between good nutrition and good fun!
- Milk – whether it’s white, chocolate or even strawberry –it is packed with nine essential nutrients that are important for kids’ health.
- When flavored milk leaves the lunchroom, 9 essential nutrients leave with it.
- Flavored milk contains the same 9 essential nutrients found in white milk. This nutrient package is difficult to find in other foods that are as affordable or appealing.
- Calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D, B12, riboflavin and niacin (niacin equivalents)
- Studies show that children who drink flavored milk…drink more milk overall, have better quality diets, do not have higher intakes of added sugar or fat, and are just as likely to be at a healthy weight compared to kids who do not consume flavored milk.
- In fact, flavored milk contributes only 3 percent of the added sugars in children’s diets.
- Recognizing that many schools want to reduce the sugar content in all their menu offerings, the dairy industry has taken action to reduce fat, calories and added sugars in flavored milk.
- Today, the majority of milk in schools is low-fat or fat-free, and the majority of flavored milk is at or below 150 calories.