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There is an old adage that milk coats your stomach so you should drink it when you have a stomach ache. Of course that is bunk and science actually shows that drinking milk makes ulcers worse (it does, however, dull the pain). Some people, when their stomachs hurt, drink fizzy soda like ginger ale (which more often than not contains no actual ginger, the herb thought to aid one’s belly). Following the logical path where adding one and three together gets you to five, Coke is introducing a new fizzy milk-soda in a can.
Childhood obesity is a big problem in this country and the direct marketing of nutritionally devoid products (like Coke) to school kids has been blamed. While Coke backed off their marketing efforts a few years ago, the new milk-soda will be appearing in vending machines by the time class resumes in the fall. My stomach is turning worse than on the first day at a new school.
Speaking of schools, they have hurdles to cross before they can offer healthy soymilk in the cafeteria. You can help break down those hurdles by contacting Congress.