A national doctors group, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, petitioned the U.S. government to remove milk as a required food group from the National School Lunch Program, the federally assisted program that has provided lunch to millions of public school kids, claiming milk doesn’t help protect kids’ bones, according to Time Magazine. For the full story, click here.
Editor’s Insight: The benefits of milk has become one of the most hotly contested debates ever among nutritionists and medical experts. Marion Nestle, a nutrition professor who has been one of the food industry’s most vocal critics, is non-committal on whether or not milk should be included in school lunches.
Vending and refreshment service operators need to be informed about these health and nutrition issues. While operators can’t become experts on these issues, they can be safe in encouraging customers to follow a balanced diet. In this Time Magazine article, outspoken nutrition professor Marion Nestle notes that too much of a food can be a problem. 07-24-12 By Elliot Maras