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When people think of common dental health problems, the first thing that comes to mind are likely cavities, and for good reason. Tooth decay is an extremely common problem in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay is a common, preventable problem for people of all ages, but it is a particularly big issue among children.
Recently, the Columbia Tribune, a Missouri news source, published an article by dental hygienist Suzanne Waters, who said that one way schools may be able to help fight tooth decay is to remove flavored milk from their cafeterias. Waters wrote that chocolate fat-free milk has three times the amount of sugar as white milk, as does strawberry milk.
Furthermore, she added that while she is not a dietitian and cannot say for sure, she believes the flavored milk with added sugar may be contributing to the obesity problem in the U.S. Studies have shown that the high sugar content of soda can cause children to gain weight, and flavored milk may be a culprit as well. Therefore, in order to protect both the waistlines and teeth of American children, it may be time to say "no" to chocolate milk.
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