What I learned when I really read this great chocolate milk school study


As it was my tradition, in December I rebuild the old favorites from years gone by. This year I'm looking into 2015.

I was amazed at the inconvenience that the study of Canada-funded chocolate milk, which was inspired last week. The study, "The impact of removing chocolate milk from milk programs in children's schools in Saskatoon, Canada"at least according to the renovated press release and the resulting coverage of the press obviously concludes that" it is milk chocolate or that there is no milk for many children "and it is no surprise given the funding that the rounding was positive for chocolate milk mental use of the study word, "enhanced"to describe the sugar-sugar milk), after reading the actual study, I'm beyond the gobsmacked.

The study methodology was quite simple. For 4 weeks, they offered both primary and secondary school children chocolate milk and white milk, and measured how much they each drank and how much they went to lose. They then stopped providing chocolate milk for another 4 weeks and continued to count. Finally, they returned chocolate milk chocolate for the last 4 weeks of measurement.

Now hold your hats. As readers of the press are likely to already know the study found,

"children lose more milk when it is simple."

How much more waste do you ask? Just 4 / 5ths of one tablespoon a day. Yup, if you read the study, you will find that when chocolate milk disappears the children they drank less fat a day less 12mL than they did when chocolate milk was available. If these numbers went on, children who drank milk would drink about a cup of milk less than a month for a total of just 9.6 fewer cups during the entire 200-day chocolate-free schooling period.

Or maybe; What about kids who stopped eating milk altogether because they could no longer get chocolate? Well, when researchers tried to quantify total daily milk consumption for all students they found,

"that the total milk consumption of pupils at home or the consumption of school milk did not change throughout the study phase."

The researchers also found,

"that on average the students met the 3-4 servings a day recommended by the Canadian Food Guide for children aged 9 to 13"

and that milk in school accounted for only 13% -15% of all dairy products consumed.

What else did the researchers do? Well, if you want non-dairy farmers in Canada "enhanced"the researchers found that only the first month following the removal of chocolate milk at school, the number of pupils who drank white milk rose by 466%! The figure that could be further increased over time as palates and rules in the schools changed and what happens to former chocolate milk enthusiasts when they exchange Beatrice 1% chocolate milk for Beatrice 2% white? Well during each week they will drink 22 less teaspoons of sugar and during a day 200 g whole year, 14,000 fewer calories and 19 fewer cups added sugar.

So to summarize. The study found that taking chocolate milk from schools not affect the total daily consumption of milk or dairy products by pupils, who on average all students meet their daily recommended quantities of dairy products (the recommendations which in turn are almost certainly higher than the indications they suggest are needed), that children who changed chocolate milk into white milk drank almost the same amount as the chocolate white (unless you think that 4/5th of a spoonful of milk is too much) and that removing chocolate milk tomatoes from school, only the first month almost half of the original chocolate milk drinkers turned into white and thus, saved heaps of calories and almost two full cups monthly added sugar than milk chocolate.

If this gives very strong support to those who think of schools, they should not offer sugary sugar to students.

Clearly, journalists did not bother to read the study. Should not they have?

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