Dairy industry defends flavored milk

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Chocolate milk is in the headlines again. After a number of schools banned flavored milk from school cafeterias in the past year, these dairy products are returning to some lunch trays, albeit with somewhat modified formulas.

For example, last month — partly because of parental, student and other external pressures — Fairfax County, Va., officials announced that they would reintroduce chocolate milk in school cafeterias, according to the Washington Post.

Recognizing that many schools want to reduce the sugar content in all their menu offerings, the dairy industry has taken action to reduce fat, calories and added sugars in flavored milk.

The majority of milk in schools today is low-fat or fat-free, and the majority of flavored milk is at or below 150 calories. The newer formulas have 2 to 3 teaspoons of added sugar compared to 3 to 4 teaspoons of added sugar in traditional formulas.

Still, don’t expect the challenge to serving flavored milk in schools to go away.



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