When we were on vacation my father and my sister were having a
conversation when my father brought up a person named Jack. In a cocky voice my sister said, “You don’t know Jack!” And my father argued that he did. He said he went to school with Jack and that he’s known Jack for a long time. My sister and I giggled as he ranted on and on about Jack. So apparently my father DOES know Jack but many people don’t if you know what I mean. In the next paragraph I will
talk about a group of people who also don’t know Jack.
Yep, you read that right. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is insisting the USDA stop serving
milk as a part of the National School Lunch Program. They claim that the calcium content in milk isn’t helping children’s bones and that the fat content is too high. This boggles my mind. My kids get fat-free or
low-fat milk at school but what I don’t like is that they get the option of
choosing chocolate or white milk as they always choose chocolate which I don’t feel is as good for them. I do not let my kids drink chocolate milk at home.
So if a child drinks fat-free milk then that eliminates the fat issue and any calcium has to be better than no calcium. But the PCRM seems to
think that if we get rid of milk in children’s diets that will leave room for
the kids to get more and better calcium from foods like tofu, beans, collard greens or kale. If you serve my kids any of those foods for lunch (even with sprinkles on top) I guarantee they won’t eat it so then they are getting NO calcium versus the calcium they are getting from milk.
Why can’t we just leave well enough alone? It’s a parent’s responsibility to make sure their kids are eating a balanced diet and getting the proper amount of calcium, iron and vitamin D in their diets. At our house,
every week during the school year we study the school menu and the kids decide if they are taking hot lunch or cold lunch. The kids love some of the foods on the menu and hate others. I don’t go so far as to check the fat and vitamin content of what the school is serving each day as there are plenty of people getting paid big money to do that for us.
If the USDA agrees to stop serving milk then what will the alternative be? What will happen to dairy farmers across the nation? And over time will they phase milk out completely? For crying out loud what will we dip or Oreo’s in or pour over our Lucky Charms? Have we been scammed by the “Milk Does a Body Good” campaign? Is having a milk-moustache now a bad thing? I never thought I would live to see the day when milk was considered unhealthy.