We get our milk delivered by Oberweis every week. It’s kind of like the milk fairy: We put out our cooler box before bedtime and magically it’s filled with milk, and sometimes cottage cheese, cheese, eggs, guacamole, blue corn tortilla chips, and quiche. Really.
Our kids drink A LOT of milk, so it’s worth it to me to have home delivery of hormone-free milk brought to us in eco-friendly glass bottles, which are returned, cleaned, and reused. I don’t like lugging that much milk home from the store. Win-win.
I was recently appalled when I sat with Q at school at lunchtime and noticed how many kids had pink or chocolate milk and how many had white. (Q always gets white, except for two or three times a year when I let her have flavored milk as a treat.) I looked at the adjacent child’s carton and was shocked by the sugar content. Shocked.
Once in a while Oberweis throws a free product sample in our cooler. This time it was strawberry milk. Note first that there are actually no strawberries in strawberry milk. Note that the second ingredient is sugar. Now look at the total carbs.
FIFTY-TWO CARBS. 52. For. One. Bottle.
That’s the equivalent of 13 teaspoons of sugar per bottle. For one serving.
Am I the only one that thinks that is crazy? I don’t even want my non-diabetic child having that much sugar in a bottle. How can kids possibly concentrate after lunch time with that much sugar coursing through their blood stream?
So, do you want to know how many kids at a table of 46 were drinking white milk?
Three. Two had the school’s white milk, Q included. And one child had a carton of Horizon organic milk that she brought in her lunchbox. The other 43 children had either chocolate or pink milk.
The pink milk at school has 28 carbs per carton.
That’s the equivalent of 7 teaspoons of sugar per carton.
I wonder if parents even realize that their kids are having this at lunch every day. I seriously doubt they would pour seven teaspoons of sugar in a bowl and let their child eat it with a spoon.
When I was a child, we had white milk every day and chocolate was only served on Fridays. I think schools should get back to serving healthier lunch fair and help kids get into good eating habits.
Once a week flavored milk would help children realize that it is a treat to be consumed in moderation.
Not something they should drink every single day.