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August 25, 2010


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Dina Rose

The debate over chocolate milk misses the point: it isn't just about whether or not kids drink milk, but how drinking chocolate milk on a regular basis affects our kids' overall diets. When sweet is the flavor we reinforce it's not surprising that kids eat fewer of the other foods (such as greens, nuts, tofu) that deliver calcium (albeit in smaller quantities, but small bits add up).

A poor diet that includes chocolate milk might have enough calcium, but it's still a poor diet. A healthy diet that doesn't include milk would include calcium and lots of other important nutrients too. Thinking about foods and nutrients individually promotes a nutrition-at-any cost attitude that has produced the kinds of diets our kids currently have. It's time to start thinking about the big picture, and how regularly consuming certain kinds of foods affects the other foods our kids are willing to eat. Bribing kids to eat nutritious foods by doctoring them up doesn't usually produce good eating habits. Good eating habits, on the other hand, always produce nutritious eating.

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My typical breakfast

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    There is no right way to finding the balance of food, just your way. My typical breakfast is whole wheat spaghetti with homemade sauce, sautéed mushrooms, and a naturally low-fat Italian cheese sprinkled on top. Works for me.


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