Schools Take Away Flavored Milks Over Obesity Concerns

Posted on May 31, 2011 by

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A number of school districts in Florida and California have begun to strip their students of their right to choose chocolate or strawberry milk for lunch. Their argument? It causes childhood obesity.

Representatives from these schools make the argument that fat-free flavored milks have 27 grams of sugar in them, which is equivalent to the sugar in an 8 oz. Coca-Cola® soft drink. In addition to labeling flavored milk as “soda,” the school representatives of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second-largest school district in America, have also deemed chocolate milk as an after school treat because it is equivalent to candy, which means that the beverage should not be served in school cafeterias anywhere.

Is this type of culinary decree on its way to the Fleetwood Area School District?

“I wouldn’t really care if they got rid of our flavored milk,” said junior Jake Braswell.

“I wouldn’t care either. Color shouldn’t really matter anyway,” commented junior Andy Moran.

As of now, it is unclear what the Fleetwood Area School District’s stance on the flavored milk issue will be; however, it does seem that the students will be largely unaffected regardless of the outcome.

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