Five years after banning flavored milks because of their sugar content, the Los Angeles school district is reintroducing flavored milks on a limited basis. L.A. school kids simply aren't drinking white milk, and are discarding some 600 tons of organic waste‚Äîmuch of its half-full containers of white milk--every day.
The pilot programs will attempt to determine if adding flavored milks back to school menus will encourage kids to drink more milk, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The drop in milk consumption was predictable. Previous studies have shown milk consumption‚Äîand nutrition‚Äîdrops when flavored milks are banned from school lunch programs.
In California, the milk contractor has agreed to lower the sugar content in flavored milks it offers in an attempt to placate food activists.