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Healthier Flavored Milk For School Lunches: Do We Really Need Chocolate Milk At School?

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My kids head back to school two weeks from today. While it’s always hard to say good-bye to summer, it’s time to at least start thinking about getting back to school. Just in time for the new year, there’s word of a new “healthier” chocolate milk. I love anything chocolate, but am wondering if it’s really necessary at school?

Yahoo! News reports flavored milk will have less sugar and calories come this school year.  The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) indicates flavored milk cartons will contain fewer than 150 calories and 22 grams of sugar on average this school year.

MilkPEP Officials say cartons of flavored milk will contain just 31 more calories than white milk as the result of industry reformulations aimed to “provide nutritious new products with the same great taste kids love.”

There’s no doubt milk is good for you.  It provides calcium, vitamin D and potassium that’s crucial to a kid’s diet.  I’m wondering though why we need it “flavored” for school? My kids do drink lots of milk.  In fact, they drink low-fat milk and eat plenty of yogurt and cheese too.  Maybe I’m lucky.  Do kids throw out white milk at school?  Maybe choose something else to drink?  What do you think, is low-fat chocolate milk a good idea for school lunches?

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