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Expensive Chocolate Toddler Drink Has Blogger Moms Screaming

Posted May 06 2010 10:47am
Newspaper articles, nutritionists, and blogger moms this past week are all rising up against a new product that hit the shelves a couple of months ago. A transitional type formula from Mead Johnson Nutritional Co., that's flavored with vanilla or chocolate, and packed with 19 grams of sugar per serving.

Low carb advocates all know what that means. Getting our 1-year old toddlers hooked on the addictive power of carbohydrates before most of them can even talk and walk.

I can't help but wonder...how many of these newspaper authors, nutritionists, and screaming blogger moms are really giving their children healthy choices. Granted a chocolate milk that sells for $1 a serving, and boasts of added omega 3s and probiotics isn't exactly a sane idea. But when a toddler begins to pick and choose what he's willing to eat, what types of foods is that? Fruits and veggies? Hardly. Generally it's fistfuls of Cheerios, hand-held crackers, slices of bread, and mashed potatoes.

Not particularly healthy fair anyways.

I suppose what I don't quite understand is: why out of all of the junk foods on the shelves, and all of the new food products that come out yearly targeting children, like fancy colorful fruit-flavored chewy things being tooted as fruit snaxs, are blogging moms concerned with flavored milk?

Yes sugar is listed as the third ingredient, which makes it quite high, but so are chocolate chip cookies that kids are eating along with that milk.So is sweetened chocolate powder or liquid that moms buy and add to plain milk. And so are the chocolate milk containers that come on a school's lunch tray.

Perhaps it's a way for these folks to stand behind the attempt to get healthier food into the federally run school lunch programs, loaded with carbs and sugar. And perhaps it's a way to influence other moms out there who might be buying and giving their toddlers this expensive transitional milk without taking the time to think through the choice rationally.

But other than that, I quite frankly don't see the point to all the ranting. We're not talking about a blogger or two, we're talking about dozens of newspapers all running the exact same story, using the exact same quotes and pointing to the same nutritionist and mom blogger, and then nutritionists and bloggers themselves all using the exact same argument and concerns.

If something doesn't fit into your lifestyle and opinion of what a human being should be eating, especially babies, then just leave it on the shelf with all of the other processed junk.

As a low carber, I find I have to do that quite often myself. 
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