Source: HUMANElines --- Issue 233 --- February 5, 2003
MAKE A CALL TO SUPPORT SOYMILK IN SCHOOLS:
The USDA's Special Nutrition Program (SNP) is soliciting comments from the public regarding a proposal to include soy and rice milk options in school lunches. The addition of these alternatives to cow's milk would benefit students (many of whom cannot consume dairy products for medical or philosophical reasons) as well as dairy animals (who are often physically incapacitated by inhumane conditions on factory farms.) You can cast your vote in favor of including fortified soy and rice milk options with a quick phone call to: (703) 305-2052.
Please make the quick call today; the deadline has been extended, but it may close at any time! Or send your written comments in support of soy and rice milk alternatives to:
Peter Murano, Associate Deputy Administrator
Special Nutrition Program
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
3101 Park Center Drive, Room 628
Alexandria, VA 22302
Dear Mr. Murano:
Please record my Comments regarding the USDA's Special Nutrition Program (SNP) as follows.
I encourage you to include the healthy addition of soy and rice milk options in the school lunch program. The addition of these alternatives to cow's milk would benefit students, many of whom cannot consume dairy products for medical or philosophical reasons.
As you know, many factors affect bone health. Exercise, calcium, and vitamin D increase bone health. Calcium-fortified soymilk is rich in isoflavones, which may help to make bones stronger [Gordon M. Wardlaw, PhD, RD, textbook Perspectives in Nutrition, 4th edition (McGraw-Hill, 1999).] Calcium-fortified soymilk is a good calcium source with advantages that dairy products lack. It is an excellent source of phytochemicals and antioxidants, while containing little fat, and no cholesterol. For these reasons, calcium-fortified soymilk or rice milk-- which contain just as much calcium as a glass of cows' milk -- are excellent healthy additions that should be added to the school lunch program.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to your decision.
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