Schools are under increasing pressure to offer healthier food. One staple on children's cafeteria trays has come under attack - Chocolate milk.
Some school districts have gone as far as to prohibit flavored milk. Florida is considering a statewide ban in schools. Other districts have sought a middle ground by replacing flavored milks containing high-fructose corn syrup with versions containing sugar, which some see as a more natural sweetener.
Los Angeles Unified, the nation's 2nd largest school district, is the latest district to tackle this issue. LA will push this summer to remove chocolate and strawberry milk from school menus.
Some nutritionists and parents are split over whether bans make sense, especially when about 70 % of milk consumed in schools is flavored, mostly chocolate, according to the Milk Processors Education Program. They also point out that milk consumption drops by 35 % when flavored milks are removed from the menu.
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