Big News for Public Schools!
Early this morning, I let out an audible ‘that-a boy’ when I heard on my beloved WNYC radio that Chuck Schumer’s request to make Greek yogurt part of the federal school lunch program was going into a pilot phase.
This is fabulous news! Here’s why:
- All yogurt, whether it be Greek, Greek style, or American yogurt that is not laced with sugar are wonderful sources of protein, calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. Alert: Just because it says yogurt, doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Remember to look at the sugar content on the nutritional panel. A container of low fat plain Chobani yogurt contains 7 grams of sugar, whereas Black Cherry Chobani yogurt is laden with 21 grams of sugar. Interestingly, the protein contributed are vastly different as well: the plain contains 17 grams of protein, the fruit yogurt has only 14 grams.
- Greek yogurts are strained, resulting in a thicker, richer yogurt and contains more protein than American yogurt.
- Because milk sugar is converted to lactic acid by the bacterial culture, people who are mildly lactose-intolerant can enjoy the benefits of yogurt, without suffering the consequences of ingesting dairy products.
- Yogurt sports probiotics which are dietary supplements containing healthful bacteria.
- Bonus: The other benefit of probiotics is they counteract the diarrhea side effect of antibiotics.
This is a great first step to feed our children nutritious food at school, as a 6oz Chobani Vanilla yogurt boasts 32% of the protein a person needs in a day with ZERO fat.
Now all Schumer needs to do is get Gnu bars and pears admitted to the school lunch program, and our kids will be off to a protein filled, fiber filled, calcium filled, vitamin C filled day. Check out my post about that powerful trio!