Friday, April 18, 2014

Another Government Mandate Program Causes More Harm Than Good: Ban On School Lunch Chocolate Milk Decreases Calcium And Protein Intake, Milk Consumption And School Lunch Participation

From MedlinePlus, "School Bans on Chocolate Milk May Backfire: Kids ended up drinking less fat-free white milk, too, Oregon study finds" by Robert Preidt:
Bans on chocolate milk in 11 Oregon elementary schools were linked to a big drop in the amount of healthy, fat-free white milk students drank, a team of Cornell University researchers reports.
In the study, researchers analyzed data from 11 Oregon elementary schools that outlawed chocolate milk and replaced it with skim milk. While the bans meant children could no longer get the added sugar found in chocolate milk, there were unexpected consequences.

Total milk sales at the schools fell by 10 percent, the study showed, and students ended up wasting 29 percent more milk than before. And while the students consumed less sugar and fewer calories, their intake of calcium and protein also fell.

After the chocolate milk bans took effect, there was a also 7 percent decrease in the number of students taking part in the Eugene School District's lunch program, according to the researchers at Cornell University's Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs.

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