Hot Topics

Do you have questions about milk? Here are some of the hot topics that will help you answer any tough questions about milk, and flavored milk, at school.

Lactose Intolerance

Experts agree: Completely eliminating milk from the diet may not only by unnecessary, it could also impact diet and health. Read more about the research and strategies to help keep milk in the mix.

 

 

 

 

Added Sugars

While the Dietary Guidelines suggest that most people’s eating patterns can accommodate only a limited number of calories from added sugars, they suggest the calories are best used to increase the palatability of nutrient-dense foods rather than for nutrient-void sugary foods, citing chocolate milk as a nutrient-rich example.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, in a policy statement discouraging soft drinks in schools and in its report on optimizing children’s and adolescents’ bone health and calcium intakes, encourage consumption of nutritious beverages including lowfat or fat free flavored milk with modest amounts of added sweeteners.1,2

 

Sugar and Hyperactivity 

Despite some anecdotal reports, there’s no scientific evidence to link sugar intake to hyperactivity in kids. Experts agree that sugar should be moderated in kids’ diets, but they also agree that it does not need to be eliminated. Read more about the research.   

 

 

 

 

REFERENCES

1. Greer F, Krebs N. Optimizing Bone Health and Calcium Intakes of Infants, Children and Adolescents. Pediatrics. 2006;117;578.
2. Committee on School Health. Soft Drinks in Schools. Pediatrics. 2004;113:152.