Food nannies take aim at milk — more sugar than candy

The Deseret News reports:

Two Harvard professors question whether replacing whole milk with reduced-fat milk accomplishes its weight-management and disease-prevention goals.

In a “Viewpoint” editorial in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, Dr. David S. Ludwig of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Walter C. Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, suggest that the recommendation may be harmful because of substitutions made for the fat, such as sugar.

“One cup of 2-percent milk contains 12.3 grams of sugar, more than a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup and almost as much as a chocolate chip cookie. Consider that the recommendations for sugar intake call for just 12 grams a day (three teaspoons, at 4 grams each) for children. So one serving of milk a day would put a child over the limit, two cups a day would top a woman’s limit of 5 teaspoons, and three cups a day would top a man’s limit of 8-9 teaspoons,” wrote Forbes’ Melanie Haiken of the question the two raised.

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16 thoughts on “Food nannies take aim at milk — more sugar than candy”

  1. All types of milk are junk food. So, whst we need to do is replace milk in school lunches with soy milk, juice, etc.

  2. Any time you see the word “may” or “could” or “risk” in a ‘scientific’ publication that relates to human health, there is only one thing that is dead certain: the author is using it as bait and fishing for a research grant.

  3. Just because you have an MD, doesn’t mean you have any sense whatsoever. The world is chock-full of examples.

  4. You also have the fruit juice dilemma. Everyone is trying to get the kids to drink fruit juice rather than Soda pop. Of course if you look the carbohydrate content of the juice is 150 – 200% more than the content in the pop.

    I also have heard the sad story of schools banning fluff, because strawberry and Raspberry jam is better. Is it, Jams are pure sugar with no nutrients fluff (marshmallow spread) has about 1/3 less sugar, and just as few nutrients. The educators are un educated.

    I don’t know where all these folks who “care” so much come up with these stupid ideas.

  5. Yes, sugar should really be grouped with all carbohydrates and not separated. There really isn’t that much difference between Sucrose, and the starch you get from your pasta – whether it is whole wheat or not.

  6. I’d long suspected that a lot of healthy snacks were really about on par with unhealthy snacks — since neither term is all that clearly defined.
    After all, tobacco straight from the field is all-natural and may be organic…

  7. Hershey Bar vs. Apples. Gram-for-gram, apples have more sugar (after subtracting out the water contained in the apples). Two medium-sized apples (dry wt 45 grams), have 31.2 grams of sugar. A Hershey Bar (wt 43 grams), has 24 grams of sugar. Any questions?

  8. There is no substance, no matter how beneficial, how harmless, how vital it is to our well being that some idiot will not come out with a “study” to show how “harmful it is” and how “it needs to be banned!”

  9. By my math, these people are saying 48 sugar calories a day are all a child should have. Yeah, right.

  10. These people are seriously saying that milk is too high in sugar to be healthy? But their recommendation for sugar is absurdly low in any case. I suppose one could live on a diet like that, but it would be dreary indeed.
    Gamecock is right that children need more fat than adults. He does not mention, so I will, that adults also need fat in our diets. The food scolds seem mostly to be fools and/or bullies. If they’d all move to the same city and elect Bloomberg as their mayor, maybe they could leave sensible people alone.

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