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Parents, Schools, Dairy Industry Debate Nutritional Pros And Cons Of Flavored Milk

August 24, 2010: 07:30 PM EST
Despite the fact that 71 percent of the milk served in America’s school cafeterias is flavored, it is falling out of favor because of added sweetness in the form of cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup. But the dairy industry, seven percent of whose milk sales occur in schools, and many school nutrition advocates say adding flavors like chocolate is the only way to get many kids to drink milk, which is rich in nutrients like calcium, protein and vitamin D. A dairy industry-funded study in seven school districts found that kids drank 35 percent less milk at school on average when flavored milk wasn’t available. But child nutrition advocates say it is “outrageous” to call an eight-ounce beverage packed with more than five teaspoons of sugar healthy.
KIM SEVERSON, "A School Fight Over Chocolate Milk", NYTimes, August 24, 2010, © The New York Times Company
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