Schools across the nation are working to improve breakfast and lunch programs to provide more nutritious options for students, especially as federal guidelines continue to change. Whether you are a concerned parent or devoted educator, it is important to learn all you can about milk, including flavored milk, as part of a nutritious meal. At Shamrock Farms, it is our mission to help families be healthy and part of that mission is to ensure you are informed. We’ve developed this helpful Webpage to provide you the tools to learn more about the importance milk in your diet.
Milk, regular and flavored, is the #1 food source for three of the four nutrients the Dietary Guidelines for Americans state that children need to consume more of – vitamin D, calcium and potassium.
Studies show that children who drink flavored milk:
- Actually drink more milk overall
- Have better quality diets
- Do not have higher intakes of added sugar or total fat
- Are just as likely to be at a healthy weight compared to kids who do not consume flavored milk
No other single food item can provide kids with the nine essential nutrients their bodies need to stay smart, energetic and ready for the world. Take a look at this chart that compares milk’s nutrients to other foods. A child would need to eat 10 cups of spinach to consume the same amount of calcium found in milk, and a piece of salmon to get the same amount of vitamin D.
A National 2010 In-School Flavored Milk Study found that in order to replace the nutrients found in milk:
- 3-4 food items were required
- More calories and fat were added rather than reduced
- About half the sugar was added back
- A cost of $2200-$4600 was incurred annual per 100 students
Recent studies have shown that when schools removed flavored milk from the lunch program, overall milk consumption declined by 35%, resulting in kids not receiving essential nutrients.
Check out the following materials from expert sources such as the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to get the facts.
The Facts on Flavored Milk in Schools, Source: Got Milk? Campaign
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Source: USDA
National School Lunch Program, Source: USDA
Milk Consumption In Schools Dropped Dramatically When Flavored Milk Options Not Offered, New Study Revealed, Source: Got Milk? Campaign
Interested in learning more? Contact Shamrock Farms to learn about resources available to your school – including FREE materials from milkdelivers.org and in-person presentations by Shamrock Farms on the facts and benefits of serving fat-free flavored milk as part of a nutritious school lunch program (limited availability).
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