This episode upset me so much that I swear I had acid indigestion. There were a few things that upset me, but I’m just going to go with one.
*The Office of Child Nutrition in Charleston says that its more important to get calcium in kids then it is to look at how much sugar is in the product.*
So, feeding kids pink and brown milk that contains more sugar then soda is fine, because they get calcium along with their bottle of diabetes. Seriously? The level of utter stupidity and abuse here is beyond comprehension to me. This show isn’t the first time that we are hearing of the fact that childhood onset diabetes is skyrocketing. We know this and we’ve known this for years. And by ‘we’ I mean every nutritional institution in the land. ALL OF THEM.
To me what they are doing is criminal. To knowingly feed children something that you know is going to cause them physical harm under the guise of ‘well they need calcium’ is bullshit. That’s right, I said bullshit. And shame on them for removing the pink and brown milk because this was being televised and they were being revealed. Its obscene to me.
What the hell is going on in this country with our children? How is it that we, from the highest level to the most micro level, aren’t doing everything we can to provide them with the best in order to insure their bright futures? Shame on you Office of Child Nutrition. You should be held accountable for this. This level of negligence and incompetence is not acceptable.
This is what the Office of Child Nutrition has to say about milk. And here is what I wonder after reading this:
Why have flavored milk at all?
Exactly how much sugar is added to flavored milk?
What else are you adding to flavored milk to make it flavored?
Are those ingredients natural?
What possible reason is there for creating flavored milk to begin with?
What does having fake colored milk teach our children about whole foods?
What about all the other foods that have high amounts of calcium? Like broccoli for instance? Wouldn’t the high levels of fiber and other nutrients in a food like that far outweigh the damage that all the sugar and flavorings in the milk will?
What kind of money are you getting from the dairy industry?
Here is what I think:
I have some pretty radical ideas about milk in general and don’t believe that children should be fed milk AT ALL. The reasons for which, I’ll have to get into on another post. BUT if you’re going to feed children milk, then make it REAL. Make it low fat and keep all the other crap out of it. It teaches children what milk really is, it will stop the contribution to childhood diabetes and our collective addiction to sugar as a country, and its the right and responsible thing to do. Children will eat what is made available to them, plain and simple.
If this pisses you off too, go to the website and call them or write them or both. We can’t continue watching this occur with our children in this country. This is a no brainer. No added sugar in anything? THAT should be a no brainer. I would also encourage any of you that have food blogs who feel the same to also write about this. I think that the more people that know the better.
So… I didn’t think that I would be ranting this way on my lovely little food blog, but you know what? Food choices? Food practice? Its not just personal in this country, its deeply steeped in class, money and politics. We can’t pretend this isn’t so.
And now, with out further ado, here’s Jamie!