The obesity police are at it again and this time their target it’s chocolate milk in school lunches that may face the firing squad all in the name of political correctness.

Chocolate milk has the unfortunate distinction of containing far more sugar than white milk and that has anti-fat advocates up in arms as they try to pressure school systems to drop the very popular drink.

Flavored milk, mostly chocolate and strawberry represent 70 percent of all milk consumed by schools according to the Milk Processors Education Program and despite the sugar content still remains an important part of students diets.

The group says that when flavored milk is removed from the menu consumption drops 35 percent and for many children school is the only place they get any milk.

Not everyone is on the ban chocolate milk bandwagon though.  The School Nutrition Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetic Association, American Heart Association, and National Medical Association, say that the nutritional value of flavored low-fat or skim milk outweighs the harm of added sugar.

The added sugar doesn’t diminish the fact that milk contains nine essential nutrients including calcium, vitamin D and protein.

In a  joint statement from those groups they point to studies that show children who drink fat-free, flavored milk meet more of their nutrient needs and are not heavier than non-milk drinkers.

That hasn’t stopped the fat fighters from complaining and calling chocolate milk “soda in drag” by saying that fat-free strawberry flavored milk has the same sugar content as eight ounces of Coca-Cola.

That would be more accurate if kids actually drank as much milk as they do soda.

If they are so concerned about fighting obesity and reducing sugar then why don’t they just ban students from bringing anything sugary or salty from home?

I can see it now.  As each student enters school each day they must have their backpacks inspected by a team of nutritionists to make sure no fattening food passes their portal before being allowed to proceed to class.

That may sound far-fetched to some but at the rate things are going it could become reality before we know it.

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