Essay Chocolate Milk

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Argument/Opinion Essay Is chocolate milk a healthy option for school lunches? Based on Lucy Calkins by Teresa Edmiston

Objective: Research and analyze two sides of an issue. Weigh the evidence to form a logical opinion. Draw evidence based conclusions. Write an organized essay to persuade

Is chocolate milk a healthy option for school lunches? “For” “Against”

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Dear readers,

This is my essay about how chocolate milk is very bad for your health.

Chocolate Milk In Disguise

Imagine, a huge cooler full of delicious, sweet, cold, drinks, and right in front of all those drinks is the popular chocolate milk ,and all the of the plain but healthy white milk is put all the way at the back of the cooler. Almost every single person in the cafeteria has about 1-3 carton(s) of chocolate milk and only a few people got white milk . This is not a good sign for our future generation. They are going toward the wrong direction for their health. All of these kids who drink chocolate milk will have a very unhealthy future . Chocolate milk should be banned from schools.

To begin with, the drink that many kids are choosing every day at school is actually an unhealthy option in their menu for lunch. One little carton of chocolate milk has approximately 30 grams of sugar. That is more sugar than a can of soda. According to the Coca-Cola company, actually, one mini can of soda contains 25 grams of sugar, while a small carton of chocolate milk contains about 20% more sugar than soda. According to Stephen Burns MD and Associate Professor at the University of Washington said, “While coke has only about 25 grams of sugar in an 8 ounce serving, chocolate milk has 28 grams of sugar in one 8 ounce serving.” The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting the amount of added sugars you consume to no more than half of your daily caloric allowance, it should be about 20-40 calories per day, or about 2-4 teaspoons. Right now kids are drinking about 2-3 cartons of chocolate milk per day, that’s about 60-90 grams of sugar per day, that is way too much for one day. Rip Esselstyn a firefighter, triathlete, and author of a dietary cookbook which is called The Engine 2 Diet, says “ And because simple carbohydrates are digested so quickly, any excess sugar is converted to fat.” Sugar can also lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Secondly, usually kids who drink chocolate milk at school won’t drink white milk at home , because they are used to the taste of chocolate milk . Some people might think that when kids drink chocolate milk they will drink more milk, but the fact is that chocolate milk is as addictive as cigarettes, and alcohol. Haven’t you notice that when kids drink chocolate milk they haven’t stopped? Every single day they would have to buy a carton or two and drink it.

Next, chocolate milk is very bad your health and bad for your body. Jamie Oliver, an activist and a chef, has been leading a campaign against chocolate milk from being served at schools. In his website he claims, “When kids drink chocolate milk and strawberry milk everyday at school, they are getting nearly two gallons of extra sugar every year. That is really bad for their health.” Some people might say “Children who drink chocolate milk drink more milk.” They have a point they are, drinking more milk but the more they drink, the more added sugar they consume.. Maybe kids will drink more milk ,but it’s another thing to drink too much. Right now, kids everywhere around the world are drinking 10-15 cartons of chocolate milk every week. That will affect kid’s health. Many activists have been leading campaigns against chocolate milk in schools, like Ann Cooper, the head of nutrition services for the Boulder Valley School District, “Chocolate milk is soda [dressed up].” , says the self-proclaimed Renegade Lunch Lady “It works as a treat in homes, but it does not belong in schools.”

In conclusion, if you want kids in the future to be healthy and happy, than you should help ban chocolate milk from schools. Instead of chocolate milk, we should serve healthy and delicious drinks, so kids can enjoy and also stay healthy, so they can get all the nutrients they need in their bodies. So that is why we should ban chocolate milk from school.

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