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Science Says Flavored Milk is Good for Kids, Unlike Soda
Date:3/17/2010

PHILADELPHIA, March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to Philadelphia Health Commissioner Donald F. Schwarz, half of the city's children are overweight or obese, and soft-drink consumption is rising while milk consumption is falling. As proposed, the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages applies not only to nutrient-poor soft drinks and iced teas but also to a nutrient-rich beverage, flavored milk. With seven out of 10 pre-teen and teen boys and nine out of 10 pre-teen and teen girls failing to meet their daily calcium requirements, adding a tax to flavored milk places a fiscal and physical burden on Philadelphia children already in a calcium crisis.

Flavored milk contributes less than 2 percent of the total added sugar to the average teen's diet and less than 3.5 percent in children ages 6 to 12. Sodas and fruit drinks account for 50 percent or more, delivering much less, if any, nutrition in the process.

"The fact is, children are not drinking enough milk as it is," said Patricia Kennedy, MS, RD, vice president of nutrition communications for Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association. "Failing to get adequate calcium in childhood puts kids
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