Low-cal chocolate milk on the way

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As the debate surrounding flavored milk in school lunches rages on, new developments in lower calorie chocolate milk could make some school officials happy.

Dean Foods has introduced TruMoo, the company's new chocolate milk made with 10 to 15 percent fewer calories, 15 to 20 percent less sugar, and no high fructose corn syrup.

"We recognize that school nutrition directors need a solution. On one hand, chocolate milk is preferred by children and provides important nutrients that are hard to replace elsewhere on cafeteria trays. On the other hand, we understand the concerns about added sugars," said Andrea Carrothers, MS, RD, registered dietitian and Nutrition Communications Manager for Dean Foods. "That's why TruMoo, with the right blend of fresh, local white milk, pure cocoa and sugar, is a great solution. Over half the sugar in TruMoo is lactose, the same natural sugar found in all milk."

Dean Foods successfully reduced up to 6 grams of sugar, or 1.5 teaspoons, per serving compared to its previous varieties nationally. TruMoo contains just 10 grams of added sugar, compared with up to 28 grams in soft drinks and other sweetened beverages.

See what school officials have to say here.

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IN  |  August, 17, 2011 at 08:39 PM

I work in a local school cafeteria and my husband is a dairy farmer. We as workers taste tested the TruMoo milk products last Spring. This year we are serving it in our schools. This just being the second day of school alot of the milk was dropped into the trash can unopened. If the children do not even open up the carton how are they to get ANY nutrition out of it at all. What happened to just a couple of years ago we were pushing milk and it's nutritional value especially to athletes. Are we forgetting that these are growing children? If they do not drink it because of the flavor they will be losing out on lots of nutrients!

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