Los Angeles Schools Ban Flavored Milk

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There will be no more chocolate or strawberry milk for students in one Los Angeles school district.
The Los Angeles Unified School District voted Tuesday to ban flavored milk because of its high sugar content. The move is part of an effort to fight childhood obesity.

One school board member voted against the idea, saying the district is being short-sighted about the nutritional benefits outweighing the added sugar.

Members of the dairy industry agreed.

"It is unfortunate that the Los Angeles Unified School District has removed nutrient-rich flavored milk from its menu," officials from the Dairy Management Inc., the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation said in a joint statement.

"The district's decision conflicts with the nation's leading health and nutrition organizations, who agree that a small amount of added sugar can be used to increase the palatability of nutrient-dense foods such as low-fat and fat-free chocolate milk," they said.

The Los Angeles district is the nation's largest school system to stop serving flavored milk.

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