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The Latest News in Modern Ignorance: Switch to Low-Fat Milk Lowers Calories for NYC Schoolkids

Let’s get this right out of the way: Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a menace to society. He’s also an ignoramus who listens only to conventional "wisdom" ("Modern Ignorance") from "health authorities" on the take, being propped up by drug companies and synthetic-industrial "food" manufacturers.

Then there’s the lazies who man the New York City Department of Education, like Chancellor Joel L. Klein.

So what have these various miscreants been up to?

"NYC Schools Cut 4.6 Billion Calories Switching Milk"

By Tom Randall

Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) — New York City public schools cut 4.6 billion calories and 422 million grams of fat a year from students’ diets by eliminating whole milk, a switch that districts are adopting in the U.S. fight against obesity.

Whole milk was cut out in 2006, and fat-free chocolate milk replaced low-fat chocolate milk, according to a study that’s the first to measure how banning whole milk affects school nutrition. Students didn’t drink less of the healthier options, and average milk consumption increased 1.3 percent from 2004 to 2009, researchers said in the report published today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Now I suppose you’re wondering, as would be perfectly natural for anyone with even half a brain to do: how did it work out for the kids? After all, while we know that childhood obesity has been on the rise in general, perhaps NYC has stumbled onto something and can demonstrate that obesity in their district went down and health went up.

But don’t hold your breath. See, it’s not really about the kids and their wellbeing at all. Did you see it in the quote, above? "…according to a study that’s the first to measure how banning whole milk affects school nutrition." Not obesity, not health markers in flesh & blood children. No; school nutrition. "…For the health of the State." It’s really laughable, and so I guess this is where I ought to just go right ahead and call Bloomberg and Klein the impotent BIG liars they are, who take you for fools. They’re frauds, through and through. Here, take a look at this one, from the CDC no less:

"Effects of Switching from Whole to Low-Fat/Fat-Free Milk in Public Schools — New York City, 2004–2009"

So what are "the effects?" Did kids lean out, get sick less, do better in school? Anything? What are the results?

In 2005, the New York City (NYC) Department of Education (DOE) began reviewing its public school food policies to determine whether changes could help address the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity in NYC (1). DOE determined that reducing consumption of whole milk and increasing consumption of fat-free or low-fat milk could help decrease students’ fat and calorie intake while maintaining calcium consumption. However, milk industry advocates and others expressed concern that phasing out whole milk might decrease overall student demand for milk. Nevertheless, during 2005–2006, DOE removed whole milk from cafeterias in all public schools serving the city’s approximately 1.1 million schoolchildren. To assess the effects of the switch on milk consumption, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) analyzed system-wide school milk purchasing data. This report summarizes the results of that analysis, which indicated that DOE school milk purchases per student per year increased 1.3% in fiscal year 2009 compared with 2004 purchases. By removing whole milk and switching from low-fat to fat-free chocolate milk, NYC public school milk-drinking students were served an estimated 5,960 fewer calories and 619 fewer grams of fat in 2009 than they were in 2004. Other school systems can use these results to guide changes to their own school food policies.

See that? So here’s the scam carried out by the aforementioned frauds. For the same money to the "milk industry," the kids got less nutrients, less calories, but more sugar. In you take a cup of milk and take half the fat, 3/4ths, or all of it out (2%, 1%, skim) but still have a cup of volume, then you’ve removed nutritionally dense food that carries 9 calories per gram (fat) and replaced it with skim milk that carries 4 calories per gram, and, more sugar. But it’s even way worse than that. Milkfat has significantly less water than does the milk, so in terms of volume it’s a lot of healthful nutrition that’s going away. Essentially, they’re taking very high value, nutritious food and giving your kids mostly colored water in return. It’s criminal.

So the results they got — their chief concern — were that the milk industry can breath a sigh of relief, and actually jump for joy because the fat they take out of the milk is sold for quite a lot more by volume and is replaced by something far cheaper, skim milk — mostly water. Compare the cost per volume of skim milk and heavy cream at your local market.

So, the milk industry wins and profits even more, the aforementioned pipsqueak & clown get to do press releases and brag about their out-of-context "accomplishment" — because they’re liars and frauds — and the kids get the shaft: they get less quality for their money and they’re fatter and more diabetic than ever.

Oh, and a final note about Bloomberg & Klein: they don’t give a shit about your kids, not in the slightest.

"Children Who Often Drink Full-Fat Milk Weigh Less, Swedish Research Finds"

ScienceDaily (Nov. 4, 2009) — Eight-year-old children who drink full-fat milk every day have a lower BMI than those who seldom drink milk. This is not the case for children who often drink medium-fat or low-fat milk. This is one conclusion of a thesis presented at the Sahlgrenska Academy.

The study showed that children who drink full-fat milk every day weigh on average just over 4 kg less.

"This is an interesting observation, but we don’t know why it is so. It may be the case that children who drink full-fat milk tend also to eat other things that affect their weight. Another possible explanation is that children who do not drink full-fat milk drink more soft drinks instead," says dietician Susanne Eriksson, author of the thesis.

The scientists also discovered a difference between overweight children who drink full-fat milk every day and those who do not. Children who often drink milk with a fat content of 3% are less overweight. The thesis shows also that the children eat more saturated fat than recommended, but those children who have a high intake of fat have a lower BMI than the children with a lower intake of fat.

Effing DUH!! It’s just such a mystery?! You want to see how bad it really is with assholes like Bloomberg and Klein running loose? Take a look.

Yep, let’s get ’em all on the statin drugs. Assholes. I just wonder how long people are going to stand around watching these ruthless, lying, profiteering frauds ruin the health of kids in almost genocidal fashion, before the shooting starts…

Well here, in closing — and just only because she’s a random idiot Google hit — I’ll pick on this last moron of the day: Stephanie’s Toddlers Blog and Stephanie Brown. Stephanie: listen, dipshit: if all you’re going to do is parrot what the ignoramuses of the American Academy of Pediatrics have to say without using your own head and injecting some credibility, critical thinking and common sense into the deal, then you should really just stop writing a "blog."

"Whole Milk for Weaned Babies is Out says American Academy of Pediatrics"

Jesus Christ, already.

Richard Nikoley

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36 Comments

  1. allan on January 28, 2010 at 19:15

    Off topic:

    Ex-Senator John Edwards eats an Atkins diet.

    “Young says Edwards is an Atkins-dieter who hated making appearances at state fairs where “fat rednecks try to shove food down my face. I know I’m the people’s senator, but do I have to hang out with them?””

    source:

  2. Michael on January 28, 2010 at 16:04

    Let’s get this right out of the way: Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a menace to society.

    Hear! Hear!

  3. Dan on January 28, 2010 at 16:09

    What a travesty! Thank you for exposing this disgusting sell-out to everybody, Richard!

    • Richard Nikoley on January 28, 2010 at 16:16

      Yea, and you know what? Adults are still responsible for their own weight & health even in the face of awful gummint policy. But the kids are truly innocent victims.



  4. Organic Gabe on January 28, 2010 at 16:14

    Disgusting. I am not surprised, though. More and more bad decisions most everywhere.

    A disaster on a large scale!!

  5. babblefrog on January 28, 2010 at 16:17

    Next we’ll cut the milk 50/50 with water 😉

  6. Laurie on January 28, 2010 at 16:45

    The scariest part of Obama’s SOTU address last night? When he said that Michelle Obama was going to lead the effort against childhood obesity. I shuddered in my seat at that comment (and there were lots of scary comments). I see this New York fiasco happening at a national level. Thank god my daughter is grown (and has never had any sign of a weight problem)!

    • CL on January 29, 2010 at 09:45

      Btw, old news, but did anyone see who Obama appointed as Surgeon General?? She’s leading the childhood obesity crusade with Michelle Obama… and she’s obese.



    • Carla on February 1, 2010 at 10:04

      You stole my comment. I was thinking that too. Michelle Obama is very popular and people will listen to her, so if she says fat is bad then that will only deepen those views. I am considering writing her a letter asking her to look at the research before jumping on the fat is bad bandwagon or if she can’t do that then just stick with the Vet families and leave our children alone.



  7. zach on January 28, 2010 at 16:46

    So they took pasteurized, homogenized whole milk from grain fed holsteins (that have 3.3% fat compared to traditional species 5%) took out what nutrition there was, add some milk solids to it (sugar) and they’re good to go!! Mayor Bloomberg is indeed a loathsome creature. Speaks volumes of the people of NYC that they would let some guy like him buy a power position.

  8. Andrea on January 28, 2010 at 17:28

    Amen! And to the person who commented on michelle obama, you’ll like this blog post:
    http://www.fooducate.com/blog/2010/01/21/why-michelle-obamas-initiative-to-reduce-childhood-obesity-will-fail/ “Why Michelle Obama’s Initiative to Reduce Childhood Obesity Will Fail”

    • Richard Nikoley on January 29, 2010 at 12:06

      Yea, no shit. That pretty much spells it out. It really is up to the individual, and parents.



    • Dave, RN on February 1, 2010 at 10:38

      “Mrs. Obama plans to announce a comprehensive initiative on childhood obesity in the next few weeks, including programs that will be run by various departments and agencies of the federal government and partnerships with the private sector”.

      And that , my friends, is a recipe for failure.



  9. Beth Haynes on January 28, 2010 at 17:38

    I think you will find this lecture Sugar: The Bitter Truth by Dr. Lustig (UCSF professor of endocrinology and obesity expert) both informative and interesting. He specifically addresses the whole milk-chocolate milk issue amongst many other things.

  10. Dave RN on January 28, 2010 at 20:05

    And while you’re at it Richard, apparently the radical vegetarians are now attacking grass fed beef. I’d love to see you take this guy on: http://www.slate.com/id/2242290/

    • Richard Nikoley on January 29, 2010 at 12:16

      Well, I don’t know the science. The article appears pretty credible and objective to me. Nonetheless, I’m sticking to grassfed whenever possible.



    • Dave RN on January 30, 2010 at 15:16

      I should have mentioned that I think this guys point is that he’s trying to show that meat eaters have no place to turn. That is, if grass fed is bad too, then we’re out of options and need to turn vegan…
      I don’t get it and never will, that these people don’t see that a vegan diet is not natural to humans. After all, if you go back our hunter gatherer roots, once winter comes, you’ve got nothing to eat except animals. You can only be a vegetarian if it’s convenient.



    • Aaron Curl on February 1, 2010 at 11:47

      I have never heard this argument. That is a great point. Maybe there were vegetarian paleos who didn’t eat for 4 months out of the year….lol.



    • Michael on February 1, 2010 at 12:10

      Something from my twitter feed:

      “Slow down people. SLATE E. Coli article on grass fed beef incomplete, read on http://bit.ly/SLATE_fullstory



  11. William on January 28, 2010 at 20:53

    America’s central planners obviously study Stalin and Mao… and boy does it show!

  12. Jeromie on January 28, 2010 at 21:20
  13. Shmaltzy on January 28, 2010 at 21:45

    I just love this bit from the “let’s get ’em all on the statin drugs” hyperlink: “Kathryn Leslie, 17, is a vegetarian from Albany, New York. She prepares Tofurky sandwiches to complement her mom’s vegetable-heavy family meals, and at 5’2″ and 110 pounds, she isn’t overweight. So even Leslie’s doctor was surprised to find out she had high cholesterol.” Effing DUH! Sounds like someone need to read Lierre’s book.

  14. Alan on January 28, 2010 at 21:45

    At least we can make educated decisions. Here in Australia from 3:00 (after school) till 6:00 kids TV is bombarded with this fat free misinformation BS and the poor kids are brainwashed. My 10 year old granddaughter asked me why I bought so much cream. When I told her I drank it instead of milk she said in all earnesty “but fat is bad for you” She knows I want to be healthy because I workout all the time and don’t eat most of the crap they do but I just couldn’t convince her that everything she thought she knew was wrong. I think TV has more influence.

  15. Gerry on January 29, 2010 at 00:20

    In the Uk hospitals we’ve had to replace semi skimmed with whole milk as the patients were’nt getting enough nutritian, fancy that!

  16. Trish on January 29, 2010 at 03:51

    I ran across this blog in my internet travels–a teacher who is eating her school’s lunches for a year. The total opposite of food porn. Kids are fucked these days.

    http://fedupwithschoollunch.blogspot.com/

    • Richard Nikoley on January 29, 2010 at 12:31

      Criminal. Wow. I might have to just write this one up. Appalling.



  17. Tamara on January 29, 2010 at 04:28

    You can´t imagine what battle one has to fight if you have a kid. My son raised up with natural foods. First year only breastfeeding with comments like baby needs something “real like grains and honey”. First food we gave him was grounded beef. He loves it still. In school his boxes was filled with cold cuts and nuts. Always he drank full 3,8% fat milk. He tried the typical stuff from other kids but don´t liked it much. His fellows loved to join us at table with raw butter/cheese, lots of eggs, meats aso. Teacher and parents defamed us beeing some kind of weird. Some bothered us directly for doing harm to our boy. In a nutshell we´re glad to see our boy is a very healthy young man now. He is taller and leaner than his fellows has more muscles and fantastic teeth. He studies medicine and is more steady than his peers.

    • freeagent on January 29, 2010 at 13:52

      Congratulations on raising a well balanced child, no mean feat in these times.



  18. Elizabeth @ The Nourished Life on January 29, 2010 at 06:21

    Skim milk tastes rotten. I can definitely pictures kids choosing fructose-laden orange juice over skim milk. What a disaster!

    From the low-fat milk for toddlers article:

    “The primary reason kids drink milk is to get the calcium,” he says. “So do they really need all that extra fat? No.”

    I cannot believe someone who studied in the field of medicine does not recognize the body needs saturated fat in order to utilize calcium (well, okay, I guess I *can* believe it – but it’s still ridiculous). Reduced-fat/skim milk is worthless for nutrition. It came in a whole-fat package for a reason.

    Moreover, a diet filled with sugar is going to inhibit the absorption of all kinds of nutrients – and drinking skim milk is a sure-fire way to spike insulin levels and make way for sugar cravings.

  19. Richard on January 29, 2010 at 06:39

    Well, I guess its time parents take some responsibility here, and send their kids to school with healthy lunches……. I will never expect any public institution to ever get this right….. so sad.

    • Organic Gabe on January 29, 2010 at 08:34

      Right on. It is up to us to make sure our kids eat healthy.



  20. Mallory on January 29, 2010 at 07:55

    another sad dietary step backwards… i remember my mom laying out 25 cents every morning because she would force us to buy our whole milk at lunch…and God forbid she found out we got the chocolate milk instead(small town everyone knows everyone) we would get a whooping! now you cant even get whole milk?? good bye nutrients!

  21. ethyl d on January 29, 2010 at 09:55

    This is out and out child abuse.

  22. freeagent on January 29, 2010 at 13:33

    Richard, “I think I love you man!” In fact I’m sure of it, in a manly way as of course.

    You articulate in words the swirling mass of suspicious and intense hate laden thoughts I have for the dishonest methods applied in so many facets of modern marketing, in particular foods, financial products and medicine.

    I’m an Australian and believe that capitalism is a good thing. However, on mass our moral compasses are so fucked up that we have deviated too far away from the simple principal of a good product for a fair price.

    Thanks to sites like yours I eat better, supermarkets are missing out because I don’t go near 90% of their isles containing high priced poisons masquerading as food. I for one am pissed this shit is allowed on the shelf without a simple cause and effect type warnings that even a teenage mother can understand. ie: feed your baby this that happens.

    If not already it will be only a generation or two and all will be excepted as how things are. In Aus the politicians are working toward government control of the internet, (Did we become a province of China?) I hope that in a veiled attempt to rid the net of porn we don’t allow these self serving groups to hijack the debate, and only end up with conventional wisdom leading the us strays back to being compliant consumers.

    The traffic of your site testifies that there are increasing numbers of people searching for answers to why conventional wisdom is not working.

    “Keep the bastards honest.”

    P.S. A big man hug to ya.

  23. Lupe, aka Ms. Sat Fat on January 30, 2010 at 05:35

    I can tell you that I might have written Stephanie’s blog a year ago. I had no idea that these studies might be compromised or false in any way. I am not a scientist at all so reading all of the studies can be confusing. So many studies that seem to support one side or the other. What is a mother to do? I started eating meat and fat because nothing else was working for me and I am feeling great so I know it works. But it was definitely a leap of faith.

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