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Update: Chocolate Milk Sugar Reduction

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Chocolate Milk: An Update

I have blogged about chocolate milk in the past, and its role in school nutrition (read here). In an effort to make chocolate milk more acceptable to the masses, the dairy industry has proposed a chocolate milk sugar reduction. The catch? They propose matching the sweetness with a sugar substitute (aspartame) and modifying the package label.

You can read the FDA proposal and read my colleague Sally’s take on it here.

My perspective: I don’t think we need to push our kids to more aspartame, food dyes or artificial anything. Let’s stay real.

What do you think? Does this change bother you? You can let the FDA know your thoughts about the petition here.

Recipe contest for kids!

Katie over at Mom’s Kitchen Handbook is hosting a snack recipe contest for kids called the Mom’s Kitchen Handbook Snackdown. Geared for kids under age 16, this contest will showcase inventive recipes for snacks created by kids!

Read more about it (and enter) here.

My perspective: Getting kids in the kitchen is always a good idea, and incentivizing them with a contest doesn’t hurt.

The Biggest Loser for Teens

Have you been watching The Biggest Loser? I catch it here and there, particularly now that they are involving kids. While I have my own concerns about including kids and teens who struggle with weight on national TV (or in any public forum), I was relieved to know that I am not alone. Yoni Freedhoff sounds off on the topic of eating clementines (with a candle, no less) in lieu of birthday cake on the big day.

My perspective:  Most teens I know won’t go without birthday cake as a lifestyle change for the long haul. I think it’s a better approach to teach them how to work in those special foods and special occasions.

What do you think?

My colleague Janet Helm over at Nutrition Unplugged shares her opinion about the show too, and weight loss TV shows in general here.

What do you think about chocolate milk changes? Have you watched the teens on The Biggest Loser?

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