Tuesday, 19 April 2011

How Much Sugar is in the Milk?

Our milk label from a classmate's milk container.
April 14, 2011 we "borrowed" a milk container left over from lunch.  We found out that according to the nutritional facts on the milk, that it contains 26g of sugar in 250mL of chocolate milk.  We were amazed.  Some of us thought that because our milk is Canadian, that it wouldn't have as much sugar as American milk, but we were wrong.  We also know, that milk has lactose which is sugar that belongs naturally in the milk.

We thought this wasn't a big deal at first until we started to compare how much sugar is in other things we eat and drink.

We went to a popular Canadian donut restaurant that is named after a hockey player via a virtual field trip and looked up the nutritional information of the healthiest donut we could find.  We found a pumpkin spice donut had 22g of sugar while the chocolate glazed donut had 20g.  That means we could eat a chocolate donut and get less sugar than our so-called healthy milk.

So, who do we have to talk to in order to change the milk choices?  We made a list of possible people we need to educate about the milk.  We will keep you posted.


  1. Wow how digusting is that! Just found your blog because Jamie Oliver posted a link to it, I think you're doing a great thing. Stay healthy and keep spreading the word...Maybe you could make some sugar packet labels and start sticking them on the chocolate milks, to disguise them as bottles of sugar, lol.

  2. Hey!

    As a fellow Canadian and graduate of the public school system, I really didn't think we had this problem up here either!

    I think it's amazing that students in the great white north are taking action on this subject and that Jamie has sparked change up here too!

    Keep up the great work, people are paying attention and definitely want to hear what you have to say.

    -Amanda (Toronto, ON)

  3. It is LACTOSE. Which is a naturally occurring sugar. Thus, it's better for you than processed cane sugar found in those doughnuts. In low fat or skim milk there's much less sugar. It is still lactose a different type of sugar. We could not take that and make a doughnut out of it. Do a little more research before you spark so much controversy.

  4. Nutrition facts under sugar contains both lactose (14g)
    and added sugar for chocolate drink

  5. I agree with you. Maybe there would be more sugar in milk than a doughnut, however there are other factors too which count a lot. Milk is healthy beacuse of the protien and iron etc which are contained in it.