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Let Them Drink (Whole) Milk

June 24, 2023 | Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | by The Editorial Board

Making federal policy decisions based on the ever-changing science of nutrition means mistakes are inevitable and corrections will be needed. A case-in-point is a federal nutrition law that restricts schoolkids’ access to more flavorful and filling milk based on now-outdated science. That restriction should be lifted. Congress ought to pass U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson’s Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act, which would restore healthy full-fat milk to public school cafeterias.

In 2010, based in part on the assumption that dietary fat is the greatest enemy of good health, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act limited milk offerings in public schools to skim and 1% fat, which have all the nutrients of whole milk but with less fat: zero and 2.5 grams per cup versus about 8 grams. Proponents argued that dietary fat becomes artery-clogging body fat; offering less fat in school would, therefore, lead to healthier kids.